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Friday, July 7, 2006

TortsProf Sports Special

Via the indispensable DeadSpin, we finally get a good sports story.  The local TV news has the details on the man's lawsuit against Michael Jordan and Phil Knight (Nike's founder), seeking $832 million:

Allen Heckard filed the suit himself, June 29th in Washington County Court. Heckard says he’s been mistaken as Michael Jordan nearly every day over the past 15 years and he’s tired of it.

I'm constantly being accused of looking like Michael and it makes it very uncomfortable for me,” said Heckard.

Heckard is suing Jordan for defamation and permanent injury and emotional pain and suffering. He’s suing Knight for defamation and permanent injury for promoting Jordan and making him one of the most recognized men in the world.

Says Heckard of how he came up with the $832 million figure ($416 million each): "Well, you figure with my age and you multiply that times seven and ah, then I turn around and ah I figure that's what it all boils down to."

DeadSpin also has this story and this followup on a lawsuit (complaint [PDF]) against Minnesota Timberwolves center Eddie Griffin for allegedly causing a car accident due to being distracted by watching and, er, enjoying pornographic videos on his in-dash DVD player.

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