Legendary NBA three-point marksman Ray Allen is about to undergo a tricky legal battle in Florida very soon. The two-time NBA champion has filed an emergency motion on Tuesday after he was being accused of stalking by a Florida man. According to Ray Allen and his representatives, Allen was the victim of a catfish ploy in which the man posed as different women to trick Ray into exposing details about himself and his life.
Allen struck a deal with Coleman to keep everything between the two parties private but now it appears that Coleman has violated that agreement and is looking to catch a case against the NBA star.
The associated press released the following.
Retired NBA star Ray Allen said he is a victim of “catfishing,” and has asked a court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online.
Allen filed an emergency motion in Orange County, Florida, on Tuesday, one day after Bryant Coleman told the court he is being stalked by the 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion.
Allen said Coleman is the one who is stalking.
“Coleman pretended to be a number of attractive women interested in Ray Allen,” read the motion filed on Allen’s behalf. “Ray believed he was speaking with these women and communicated with them.”
In the filing, Allen said Coleman threatened to reveal details of their conversations, and that the sides eventually struck a deal to keep everything private. Allen said that deal has been violated and that Coleman has continued to harass him and his family through several social-media accounts.
“He posted about Ray’s wife, Ray’s children, Ray’s dog, Ray’s homes, Ray’s wife’s restaurant, and numerous other personal items,” read the motion. “Coleman not only posted about these things, he would actually post while physically located inside Ray’s wife’s restaurant in Orlando. And he would make sure they knew it, tagging Ray and his wife on those posts.”
Allen asked the court to stop Coleman from “cyber-stalking.” It was not clear if Coleman has an attorney, and a working phone number for him could not be found.
“Ray regrets ever engaging with this person online and is thankful they never met in person,” Markus said. “This experience has negatively impacted Ray, and he hopes that others might use his mistake to learn the dangers of communicating online with strangers.”
Ray Allen's attorney, David Oscar Markus, released this statement to AP and other outlets about the retired NBA star's claim of being catfished. pic.twitter.com/pncfpNwCSj
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