What Is It With New York-Area Basketball Players Not Paying Their Bills For Clothes And Bling?
Neither of these names will surprise you, necessarily, but the fact that either one couldn't pay up for all the swag they acquired is a little ridiculous.
Exhibit A: Kris Humphries, already known for a being a sad shell of his former self, both on the court and off. He allegedly owes thousands to a Beverly Hills suit shop -- though it didn't have to be that way. Seems Humphries had a deal with the owner that would have given him a fat discount. From TMZ:
According to the lawsuit, Hill says he struck an interesting deal with Kris -- I'll give you a 30% discount on clothes if you introduce me to at least 2 of your NBA player friends to my store within 12 months.
Hill says the NBA players didn't even have to buy anything -- he just wanted an intro. Easy enough, right?
According to Hill's suit, Kris agreed to the deal ... and proceeded to buy more than $46k in merchandise using his massive discount.
Problem is ... Hill claims Kris not only failed to deliver on his end of the bargain ... but he still owes more than $6k in unpaid suit bills.
Hill's suing for more than $52k in damages ... plus interest.
Kris, you couldn't get Andray Blatche and Keith Bogans to come through with you? And did you really need a discount in the first place? You make $12 million a year. It never should have come to this.
Exhibit B: J.R. Smith, already known for being kind of a nut job, albeit one who makes positive contributions to the basketball team he plays for. Smith is a little further along in the process of getting sued, as a judge ordered him to hand over $48,000 for an unpaid jewelry deal. From SLAM:
A jewelry company called Lemmerman’s sued Smith, claiming he ordered a bunch of bling back in 2010 — including a diamond chain, two Black Jesus pendants and some earrings — totaling $25,500 but never paid. We’re told one Jesus pendant and chain cost roughly $15,000 alone. Lemmerman’s sued for $48,101 — which includes the jewelry bill plus interest and attorney’s fees — but Smith never responded to the suit so a judge ruled in Lemmerman’s favor.
How could you possibly forget about paying for a Black Jesus pendant? Wouldn't you constantly be reminded of that every time you looked at it ("Oh, yeah, I should probably pay for this")? I guess Black Jesus pendants are a dime a dozen when you're J.R. Smith.
Between these two and Alex Rodriguez, New York-area athletes, in all boroughs, aren't compiling the most stellar shopping track record. Take it easy, fellas.
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