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Rafer Alston sued over fight at strip club

Aug 3, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

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Rafer Alston is out of the NBA — he played last season in China — but the man still knows how to make headlines.

The former NBA point guard is being sued over an alleged altercation from a year ago, according to the New York Post.

The former NBA athlete, 35, who’s originally from Jamaica, Queens, attacked fellow Perfection Gentleman’s Club patron Erick Franceschini, 32, of Milford, Conn., during a knock-down-drag-out free-for-all in July 2010, according to papers recently filed in Queens Supreme Court.

Alston smashed Franceschini with the bottle during a dispute that began in the Woodside, Queens, club and spilled out on the street, said Franceschini’s lawyer, John Rapawy.

Skip to my Lou indeed. According to the allegation Alston was not involved with the start of the fight in the club but hit Franceschini on the head when the incident spilled outside. On the night of the fight Alston was not arrested, although an assault complaint was filed against him.

I’m sure the fact Alston made more than $28 million in his 10-year NBA career is purely coincidental to the lawsuit.

Alston is a Queens native and played for a number of teams in the NBA including the Bucks, Rockets, Magic, Heat and Nets.

There is no video of the incident, but if you want here is a link to video of Alston slapping Eddie House upside the head.

  1. randysavage4ever - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    met this guy in person his last year in the NBA when he played for the Nets, Halloween night, season opener at Verizon Center vs Wizards…

    UNREAL how cool & down to earth he was, I put out my hand and he “dapped” (slap hands and guy type lean in hug) like he had known me for years…

    I told him he was 1 of the reasons I started playing basketball as a kid, when I got my hands on an underground AND 1 volume 1 (rare back then) tape, before AND 1 went commercial

    he was the original, all the crazy handles and sick crossovers etc you all see now – its all skip aka Alston…

    he was so cool it was unreal, down to earth, made a few jokes, LOVE THE GUY

    if Stan Van Gundy didnt tinker with the lineup and put Jameer Nelson in the 2009 NBA Finals , and kept the PG who got them there SKIP, they might have had a better chance…


    I dont care who is suing him , Rafer is a legend and a REAL DUDE , hard to find…

    100 percent support from the basketball world.

    Rafer go hard, what was the dude thinking stepping to him in the 1st place?

  2. kingbuccaneer - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    I’ll never forget Skip smackin the piss out of Eddie House after House elbowed Skip and made a 3.

    Pure greatness….

  3. cosanostra71 - Aug 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Skip is the man

  4. rayrsatx - Aug 3, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Sounds to me that his personal problems are probably why this dude does not play in the NBA anymore!

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