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Mike Bibby: Waah! Gimme Back My Ride! Waaah!

3/29/2008 11:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NBA baller Mike Bibby is suing an automotive customization business that he says has his ride -- and won't give it back!
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In the lawsuit, Bibby claims 212 Motoring told him they would pimp out his 1973 Chevy Caprice for free. Why free? Because the auto shop was trying to score a reality show tricking out old school cars -- and Bibby's was the perfect vehicle to feature on the program.

212 Motoring, which is co-owned by former NBA player Jerome Williams, claims Bibby knew the deal -- nothing's free, even noting two different estimates in the lawsuit, and with a total bill $78,000. BTW -- Bibby is making about $13.5 million this season and will earn $14 million in 2008-09.

Herman Frank, the lawyer representing 212 co-owner Harry Shasho, says, "I am disappointed that a super successful role model like Mr. Bibby would be attempting to obtain automotive service for free, and insisting that it was provided on a free basis, when in fact it was not." For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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PAPI'DINGO    

u know dat big $ ppl.,r used 2 getn things 4 free..

2401 days ago
17.

Shamika    

It makes more sense that 212 Motoring offered something and when they realized what it was going to cost them, they went back on their offer. He clearly has the money to pay for it, it's just the principle that 212 went back on their deal.

2401 days ago
18.

Herb    

Ever heard of agents, managers, attorneys, and taxes? Just because someone is a high earner dosen't mean he should allow himself to be taken advantage of. Sounds like sour grapes on the shops part because the show didn't get picked up.

2401 days ago
19.

Alfwiz    

CAN YOU SAY EXTORTION

2401 days ago
20.

caligirl    

This isn't the first time a car company has sued him because he didn't pay for services! He's a tool!

2401 days ago
21.

Swatter    

The show was picked up and ran for ten episodes - Bibbys car was not included on the show - I think thats what they mean

2401 days ago
22.

Swatter    

and dont you think if they said it was for free there would be something saying so? the only pw i see talked about are estimates that were given - either i would be happy with 78k or 15 million!!! hahahaha!

2401 days ago
23.

KtchnKng    

Who's Mickey Bobby? Muck Boobey.......whats his name?

2401 days ago
24.

Rhonda    

$76,000 would buy a full time music teacher for our 800 k-8th graders or a P. E. Teacher with alot of balls!

2400 days ago
25.

Douglas Dobson    

Celebrities get this all of the time. 212 gets the notoriety that they want and if the show gets picked up they get the money from the network. No signed contract no reason to pay. Bibby doesn't come out looking bad either. He will win and get his car back. Only problem then is having to pay to fix everything that 212 has done.

2400 days ago
26.

just me    

Seems he might be telling the truth. Here is an item that ran in the Money section of the New York Daily News in June 2005. Among other things, it reports that NBA player Jerome Williams partnered with Harry Shasho and bought a stake in 212 Motoring "trying to parlay his auto body business into a reality TV show featuring athletes and other celebrities securing fixed-up cars through the company."

Excerpt:

About a year ago, he bought a stake in 212 Motoring, a Coney Island-based auto shop that soups up and details classic cars. The owner of a Ford Excursion, a '62 Lincoln Continental convertible and a '64 Impala, Williams is trying to parlay his auto body business into a reality TV show featuring athletes and other celebrities securing fixed-up cars through the company. Partner Harry Shasho said Williams has brought in celebrity clients including teammates Michael Sweetney and Penny Hardaway, who is due to pick up his '67 Camaro this week.

The full article:

KNICK HAS A KNACK FOR BIZ. Courting financial success

Posted Monday, June 13th 2005, 12:00 AM

DON'T TELL JEROME WILLIAMS it's only NBA superstars who win popularity with fans - or make money off the court. The Knicks' journeyman power forward, who just finished his ninth pro season with his fourth NBA team, has always been an underdog. Ignored by big college programs out of high school in 1992, Williams enrolled at Montgomery Junior College in Maryland, taking odd jobs to help pay his way. Two years later, he'd secured a full scholarship to Georgetown, where, after playing alongside Allen Iverson, the 6-foot-9 Williams became the Detroit Pistons first-round draft pick. And while Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal and other top stars of his generation made millions in endorsements, Williams hustled for opportunities in business the same way he's made himself a fan favorite on the court by diving across the floor or into the stands for loose balls. Williams has put his $6 million annual NBA salary to work in businesses ranging from clothes to cars to bottled water. "I was always entrepreneurial, I remember when my eyes lit up from the quarter that came in from my first lemonade stand," Williams, who sold his first lemonade at the age of 7 in Rockville, Md., told the Daily News. One of 55 grandchildren, Williams developed one of his business skills by accident, after a truck he was driving overheated and caught fire on I-495. After his Pistons teammates noticed the work he did on his car, they started asking him to fix their high-priced rides, giving him the idea to start his own business. "I opened a shop in Detroit, and we grew it to 15 employees, it was very profitable," he said. When a 2000 trade to the Toronto Raptors sent him out of the Motor City, he sold the business at a profit to teammate Lindsey Hunter. About a year ago, he bought a stake in 212 Motoring, a Coney Island-based auto shop that soups up and details classic cars. The owner of a Ford Excursion, a '62 Lincoln Continental convertible and a '64 Impala, Williams is trying to parlay his auto body business into a reality TV show featuring athletes and other celebrities securing fixed-up cars through the company. Partner Harry Shasho said Williams has brought in celebrity clients including teammates Michael Sweetney and Penny Hardaway, who is due to pick up his '67 Camaro this week. But Shasho said Williams does more than networking. "Jerome has a first-hand knowledge of cars and the work that needs to be done," Shasho said. A fan of pro wrestling, Williams took his nickname from the late Sylvester Ritter, who wrestled in the '80s under the name Junk Yard Dog. He's even used that in a business, putting a doodle he'd done in Toronto in 2000 of a Junk Yard Dog on a T-shirt. The shirts sold out in a day and led to his ownership of a clothing store in Toronto, Collections America, which he has since sold. He currently oversees his own line of athletic wear that's set to be sold through Madison Square Garden this fall. Married to Nikollette Williams in 2000, the basketball star also is a shareholder and a member of the board of directors of a bottled water company called Electra Lite O-2. Wal-Mart recently agreed to sell the drink in its stores. Williams plays an active role in the company, including signing Terrell Owens as an endorser. The power forward also was the executive producer of a rap CD titled "Mission Possible," warning kids about the dangers of drugs, an extension of his JYD [Junk Yard Dog] Charity Foundation. "It needs to be something I know or feel passionate about," Williams said about the philosophy that guides his investments. Not surprisingly, his latest investment involves his ultimate passion - basketball. Williams recently purchased an ownership stake in the new Montreal franchise of the minor league American Basketball Association, confident from his Toronto experience there's plenty of interest in basketball in

2399 days ago
27.

meggan    

i live in arizona where mike bibby lives and he has a club team that his son plays on and my best friend is on his team and my dads team plays his team. ive met his mom when i worked door at a game before, she is so nice.. and so is mike.

1378 days ago
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joe    

$78k to pimp out a 38 y.o. caprice? rims $4k new engine $5k new interior $2k new paint job $1k dvd navigation and sounds $5k. by my estimate its $17k. wheres the extra $51k going? maybe labor costs? nobody spends $78k on pimping out a 73 caprice. just because he makes a lot of money doesnt mean you can use his nba status against him and swindle him out of a lot of money. anybody can make up a fake estimate and "claim he knew the deal" jerome "junk yard dog" williams and harry grabyo casho" shasho your the ones that should be ashamed

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