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Kings sue exercise ball maker for injury to Franciso Garcia

Dec 2, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

Francisco_Garcia

Back in October 2009, the Sacramento Kings’ Francisco Garcia was lifting weights while on the Gymnic “Burst Resistant” Plus Stability Ball — when it did burst.

Sure, sounds funny, but Garcia fell to the ground, broke his right wrist and missed time.

Now the Kings are suing the Italian makers of that ball for $4 million, as well as he American distributor.

It’s common to use the ball as support while doing things like a bench press to work on balance at the same time. Of course, the ball bursting kind of throws all of that out the window. Teams throughout the league have sopped that brand of ball.

  1. fordman84 - Dec 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    How can they sue? It’s name is burst RESISTANT, not burst PROOF. This will get tossed.

    • cjtyers - Dec 2, 2010 at 1:20 PM

      It’ll only get tossed if there’s a warning label with a maximum weight tolerance on it. If not, it’s fair game, with the name is Burst Resistant, Burst Proof, or Bursts like a pinata.

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