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Kobe Bryant Sued by Fan in Stands

11/15/2006 9:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant was sued in Federal Court today by a fan who claims he was deliberately elbowed by the NBA star during a Lakers game at FedEx Forum in Memphis last year -- and now the fan wants $75,000 in damages for unspecified injuries!

According to court documents, Bill Geeslin claims that during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 14 of last year, Bryant came off the court during play, landed on him, and that Bryant "committed assault and battery and engaged in extreme and outrageous conduct when [Bryant], without provocation, violently struck Mr. Geeslin with [his] elbow, causing Mr. Geeslin injury and damages." So much for sitting courtside.

Bryant was famously accused of sexual assault back in 2003. While all criminal charges were later dropped, he settled out of court for a reported sum of $5 million.

Calls to Lakers representatives were not immediately returned.

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1.

estee    

Are you serious? It took an entire year to realized he was injured and now he is suing. Wow

2901 days ago
2.

Cool chick    

Stupid dumb ass hick from Memphis has nothing better to do....what a joke.

2901 days ago
3.

girly    

#1 you took the words right out of my mouth!

2901 days ago
4.

swanee    

mel gibson breaking news see it NOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VzFgngf-lw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VzFgngf-lw
don't be the last to see it

2901 days ago
5.

Sammy Davis, Jr.    

Do not go to any more games, and get your friends to stop as well.

2901 days ago
6.

Michael    

Video please.

2901 days ago
7.

looo    

omg has this person ever seen a basketball game?
players fall, and try to get up, maybe hitting a person or 2
thats gay!

2901 days ago
8.

Kim    

Seriously? This guy should not be allowed to go a game and definately not allowed to sh*t that close if he is gonna BS like this...does anyone actually belive this guys's crap?? I could care less of Koebe Bryant but its stories like this that piss me off, people will do anything for a little 15 minutes of fame and money

2901 days ago
9.

T    

If you don't want to get hit by a car, you don't play in the street. If you don't want to be accidently hit by a basketball player, you don't sit courtside. Get a life ambulance chaser.

2901 days ago
10.

Ling    

OMG!!!
this guy is either really bored or he just wants money.
It's a whole year until today!!! Today happens to be Nov, 14, 2006
Come on!!!
This happens all the time in the NBA!!
I have seen them hundreds of time in games!
Kobe's over 200 lb. he fall on you, he might accidently "elbowed" someone when he's getting up.
Big Deal.
This guy just wants money

2901 days ago
11.

Tommie    

OH NO. HERE THEY GO AGAIN WITH THIS BULL.......THIS "FAN" MAN THAT IS SUEING KOBE BRYANT KNOWS GOOD AND WELL THAT KOBE DID NOT ASSAULT HIM WHEN HE LANDED ON HIM. PLAYERS FLY OFF THE COURT ALL THE TIME AND THEY MAY ACCIDENTALLY BUMP OR RUN INTO SOMEBODY. WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD KOBE JUST ASSAULT THE FAN MAN FOR NO REASON. HE WOULD HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GAME AND PENALIZED IF HE HAD DONE THAT AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE NEWS. WHY HAVEN'T WE HEARD OF THIS SO CALLED "ASSAULT" BEFORE IN THE NEWS? THIS FAN MAN, WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, IS SIMPLY MAKING THIS UP TO GET MONEY OUT OF KOBE AND TO MAKE HIM LOOK BAD BY ADDING INSULT TO INJURY BECAUSE OF THE FALSE RAPE ALLEGATIONS.
THE ONLY THING THAT KOBE HAS DONE WAS CHEAT ON HIS WIFE AND IF THAT MAKES HIM A "THUG", (AS TMZ'S POLL STATES),THEN THAT MEANS A LOT OF MEN ARE THUGS. TMZ IS SCRAPING THE BOTTOM OF THE BARRELL FOR SOME NEWS FOR EVEN REPORTING SOMETHING AS RIDICULOUS AS THIS. NOW, I AM BEGINNING TO SEE WHY THIS BLOG ATTRACTS SOO MANY NUTS ON HERE. BECAUSE TMZ IS BECOMING A SLEAZY BLOG SITE THAT WILL REPORT ANYTHING FOR RATINGS. AND I HAVE ALSO NOTICED THAT WHEN THEY ARE REPORTING ON A BLACK INDIVIDUAL, ESPECIALLY A MAN, THEY WILL USUALLY MAKE SUTTLE REFERENCES TO THE BLACK MAN AS BAD, OR A THUG, OR A CRIMINAL, ETC. JUST CHECK OUT THEIR REPORTING ON MOST BLACK MALE INDIVIDUALS ESPECIALLY AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN. I TELL YOU IT'S LIKE SWIMMING IN A POOL OF SHARKS. YOU CAN'T ESCAPE THE IMPLICATIONS OF RACISM NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO. AND THEY WONDER WHY THEY ARE ALWAYS BEING CALLED RACIST. IF IT LOOKS LIKE DUCK AND WALKS LIKE A DUCK, THEN IT IS A DUCK. AND AS FOR THE FAN MAN, I HOPE THAT WHEN THIS LAWSUIT IS OVER AND DONE WITH, HE WILL END UP HAVING TO PAY KOBE MONEY FOR FALSE ALLEGATIONS AND A BOGUS LAWSUIT. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU GO A WHOLE YEAR BEFORE YOU REALIZE THAT YOU WERE ASSAULTED. PLEEEEEEZZ.....IF IT WASN'T SO RIDICULOUS, IT WOULD BE FUNNY!

2901 days ago
12.

Mad Balls    

Come on KOBE s a Dickhead ,he cheats on his wife , he had whores at every stop, the guy is lame . Thats all on record but maybe he's cleaned up his act , probably not since he just bought everyone of like ANS did to shut up , bet they kept it out of the news until they figured they didn't owe him hoping people memories of how cruel he was to his wife were fading . He's a punk that cost LA a few championships by driving Shaq outa town ......P***y

2901 days ago
13.

Whatever    

The NBA is totally out of control.

2901 days ago
14.

Chris    

I can't believe this guy...what the hell did he expect. Kobe to say "pardon me, while I try to stop the flight of this errant ball". This guy figures that he's hit megabucks, and what's worse, he files suit!!! Now if Bryant had pulled a Rodman and kicked him in the nuts (which he deserves), I could see filing a suit. The only money that this guy deserves to get is cab fare to the local jail. And I don't even like Kobe Bryant...

2901 days ago
15.

p1tey1    

This A**HOLE is looking for a quick buck!!! They should prosecute him for wasting tax payer dollars with this ridiculous lawsuit!!

You should expect that something like this could happen to you depending on where you're sitting during a game. So what now they should put shatterproof glass between the fans and players?

What a DICK!!!

2901 days ago
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