Administrative Error Causes NBA EmbarrassmentPublished July 7, 2008 by OCR Editor
We are used to see the NBA being criticized for the behavior of the players. Now, there are people who think it should be held responsible for the ones who already retired...
As time passes by, we see more and more NBA players acting not as adults, but as extremely rich and talented children, who need constant supervising by their team and league. Still, this "Parental Control" system was one step away from becoming an absurd as the league was to stand a lawsuit for a $50,000 for an unpaid bill from the 2007 All-Star Weekend.
Strangely enough, the league was somehow held responsible for a convention which actually been held by Alonzo Mourning Charities Inc. during the All-Star Weekend. According to the lawsuit, filed on 16 June, 2008, the charity used the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel for a fundraising event, which included billiards tournament and a silent auction.
True, this activity should be commended, but only if the organization holding the event pays for the services it gets. Alonzo Mourning Charity Inc. did not do so, and the casino had no choice other than going to the courthouse to claim what's rightfully theirs.
Still, the adjacent All Star event and the fact that Alonzo Mourning is a well known NBA veteran must have confused the suitors, who decided that if Mr. Mourning used to play for the Miami Heat until as recent as last season, the league itself must be held responsible for his mishaps. According to this line of thought, we can only wonder why the US government was omitted from the lawsuit, as Mourning is a respectable citizen.
Happily enough, the Wynn Las Vegas rechecked the issue and came up with the amazing conclusion that the lawsuit should have been filed only against Alonzo Mourning Charities Inc., and described this as an "Administrative Error", which actually means - "It was worth giving it a shot..."
Wynn Las Vegas will have no funding problem for this lawsuit, as it recently recovered a $400,000 gambling debt from another NBA veteran - Charles Barkley. It seems that Barkley quickly paid his debts upon learning of the lawsuit the casino filed. Indeed - there's a love story between Lynn Las Vegas and veteran NBA players...