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alh1020 04-10-13 04:15 PM

Judge rules Spurs player must pay $53k to jeweler
 
By Michelle Mondo

Spurs center DeJuan Blair is scheduled to be deposed next week after a judge ruled he must pay more than $53,000 to Rivercenter Jewelers for merchandise the store allowed him to take on credit nearly three years ago, according to court documents and the attorney representing the jewelry store.

If Blair fails to show on Wednesday or continues to ignore the lawsuit that was first filed in October, the judge could find him in contempt and issue a warrant for his arrest.

Blair, 23, has filed no responding documents to the lawsuit, hasn’t appeared in court and in February a default judgment was issued in favor of the store.

A Spurs spokesman declined comment Tuesday. The general counsel for the Spurs referred questions to his agent Happy Walters.

Walters didn’t return two messages left at his Los Angeles agency.

Elliott Cappuccio, the attorney representing the store’s owner Zareem Merchant, said he had been in contact with the Spurs’ general counsel and Blair’s agent but never heard anything back.

“I assume he’s been advised of his rights and what a problem this is for him,” Cappuccio said.

“But he personally has not contacted me or my client and has not made any attempt (to respond to the lawsuit).”

The store owner said in an affidavit that Blair failed to pay for various items he chose during eight visits between March 10, 2010, and April 10, 2010. One visit topped $11,000 and included a $4,000 diamond watch and $3,000 diamond ring, according to the receipts filed with the lawsuit.

On another visit, Blair picked out more than $12,000 worth of merchandise, including what may be a watch but was only described as a “men’s Gucci with Dia” for $5,946, according to the documents. In all, he owes a total of $53,032.26

Cappuccio said given the NBA player’s salary, no one at the store thought the payments would be an issue.

Blair first signed with the team in 2009 and by the time his contract expires he will have earned $3.808 million over four years.

Cappuccio said the Spurs organization also was served with a subpoena in the case and has not turned over all the responsive documents.

He said that what documents the organization did provide showed Blair appeared to use the jewelry as collateral on a $30,000 loan the Spurs organization gave him.

Cappuccio called the Spurs “uncooperative.” He said the firm is prepared to go to a judge to compel them to hand over documents.

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TimmyDthaWay2B 04-10-13 07:22 PM

Kids with money... Spending thousands on rocks and metal... What has the world come to..

JuanCaca 04-10-13 08:13 PM

hahaha the year of "the bad spurs" :-D :-D

WILLTHETHRILL 04-10-13 11:39 PM

he was showing a lot of bling during all star weekend in Houston

alh1020 04-11-13 10:44 AM

Blair says lawsuit has ‘been handled’

DENVER — Assured his representatives are taking care of a lawsuit filed against him by a San Antonio-area jeweler, Spurs center DeJuan Blair said he is unconcerned about a default judgment already issued against him.

“It ain’t nothing,” Blair said before the Spurs played the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday. “It’s something that’s been handled.

“It just came out because I’m me. It happened in my rookie season when I was young and dumb, just coming into the league. I grew up. It’s cool. It’s getting handled right now.

“I knew it was coming out before it came out. My attorneys got everything, so it’s not really a big issue for me.”

A judge ruled in February that Blair must pay more than $53,000 to Rivercenter Jewelers, according to court documents and the attorney representing the merchant.

The suit alleges Blair was allowed to buy, on credit, jewelry worth $53,032.26 from March 10, 2010 to April 10, 2010, and has not paid for the items.

Blair’s agent, Happy Walters, confirmed Blair has legal representation in the case, which he categorized as all too common with athletes.

“It’s the underbelly of pro sports, where business people take advantage of guys just coming into the league,” Walters said. “They tell them, ‘Take this jewelry and pay me later.’

“It’s a part of the business people don’t know about or hear about. Every player I have has been through something like this, and this happened when DeJuan was a young rookie, 19 or 20 years old.

“The attorneys are dealing with it, and what DeJuan owes, he will pay. He has learned his lesson, and he’s still learning lessons.”

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MichaelWi101 04-11-13 11:44 AM

“It’s the underbelly of pro sports, where business people take advantage of guys just coming into the league,” Walters said. “They tell them, ‘Take this jewelry and pay me later.’


How on earth can this be construed as TAKING ADVANTAGE OF SOMEBODY? He wasn't told 'take the jewelry and don't worry about paying'

Quit making excuses for these millionaires who don't take care of business

DemonMvp 04-11-13 02:29 PM

I think the store owner gave him plenty of time to pay up. Its three years later and you still have not paid and you also do not show up to court. All I have to say is you are guilty and you still have not learned your lesson. Now I know why Pop will not play him.

clovisnmspurfan 04-12-13 03:38 PM

Unfortunately he probably was taken advantage of however if he owes he needs to pay up. An expensive growing up lesson.

Uwe Blab 04-12-13 03:47 PM

He probably didn't read the fine print somewhere. Like 40% interest or something like that. I still don't get the 'bling' culture. Once jewelry gets to a certain size, it looks gaudy, cheap and fake. Even if it's real.


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