The NBA is a hotbed for talent, but it is also latent with more than its fair share of controversy.
Most recently, Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis is facing a lawsuit for alleged sexual assault of a former team employee. The team has denied the plaintiff's allegations, but the outcome of this conflict will not matter, as enough damage as already been done.
Even if Ellis is cleared of all charges, he will never be looked at the same way again. He could go on to have the most illustrious of careers, yet it would be tainted with the red ink that will be this lawsuit.
As disappointing as it may be, the reality is that Ellis' situation is not even the worst type of publicity the league as ever seen. There has been no shortage of lawsuits, convictions, controversial dealings and ethical ineptitude over the years, as the league struggles harder to procure a positive image with each passing public relations pitfall.
Ellis is not the first athlete to initiate a widespread public relations nightmare for the NBA, and as uncomfortable as such a notion may be, he certainly won't be the last.