Oct 19, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT
If you have the money to make a jewel encrusted pendant of your basketball jersey… well, maybe Biggie Smalls was right about money.
LeBron James’ business manager Maverick Carter is now being sued by VaNeisha Robinson, who is charging false imprisonment, according to TMZ.com (via FanHouse). The fact that this is on TMZ next to Mel Gibson stories tells you all you really need to know.
The tale goes like this: Robinson says she bought the pendant — a jewel encrusted LeBron Jersey that says “King” on it — for $5 at a garage sale. She said she thought it was costume jewelry, turns out it was real and worth $10,000 (cue Biggie). Nobody is totally buying her story, not Carter who said the pendant was stolen and not police, who investigated her for receiving stolen property. However, no charges were filed.
Robinson’s lawsuit claims that Carter told her he set up a meeting with her and James to buy the pendant back, but when she arrived it was a nine-person ambush and they held her in the house against her will until she gave up the pendant.
Now she wants $50,000 for both the “robbery” of the pendant and the mental anguish. Carter has filed court documents denying all allegations.
When do actual basketball games start? Next week? Doesn’t seem soon enough right now.
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