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NFL Star Crushes Christian Laettner -- Wins $3.8 Million

1/4/2011 7:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman chalked up a HUGE victory against ex-NBA star Christian Laettner -- after the original USA "Dream Team" member failed to pay back $3 million he borrowed from the NFL star.

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Laettner and his former Duke basketball teammate Brian Davis borrowed the cash back in 2007 to fund a series of real estate ventures -- but according to Merriman, they refused to pay him back.

But a federal judge ruled that Laettner and his partner must not only pay back the original $3 mil -- they also have to fork over $800,000 in interest payments plus they must transfer 10% of the ownership in their real estate holdings to Merriman.

Merriman's lawyers released a statement saying, "Merriman trusted Laettner and Davis to repay the millions they borrowed from him for their businesses. We are pleased that the Federal Court has vindicated Shawne’s rights and is compelling Laettner and Davis to fulfill their obligations.”



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sp8ce    

Christian Laettner has been a dirtbag since his days at Duke. College and pro fans know this. Why didn't Shawne Merriman?

1306 days ago
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kirsten    

Didn't Laettner himself make millions playing pro ball?

1306 days ago
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kp    

Another fine respectable professional athlete like so many others ie- Brett Farve, Dog Killer Vick. The teams look the other way because they are making $$$$$$ for the TEAM

1306 days ago
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Lil    

2 - He never made that much and what he did make he blew. This is like the 3rd loan he has defaulted on. STICK IT LAETTNER!!!

1306 days ago
5.

John    

A couple of d'bags.

Merriman should have gotten more than he did.

1306 days ago
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1uniquemonique    

They will file bankruptcy to avoid payment.

1306 days ago
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hop on top    

Lil - Laettner didn't make that much in his NBA career? He made over $61 million in his 13 year career. I'd say that's plenty.

1306 days ago
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samm    

Stupid ham-headed jocks. Real estate is the fastest way to blow it all. CheerzHangover.com is where the $$ is.

1306 days ago
9.

Lil    

7 - I had read 29 mil, which I did not see as a lot for over that many years. 61, yeah, that's a bit more! So, Thanks.
I stand by my "stick it" though!

1305 days ago
10.

dd    

Jerk..

1305 days ago
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walkerhds    

if the two Dukies go the bankruptcy route to avoid payment, I'd say letting Mr. Merriman use them for training dummies in the off-season for as long as they hold up would be fair payment. Watching Laettner limp thru life every time it rains would be a start to paying back for all the crap he has inflicted on others by just being himself.

1305 days ago
12.

NFL    

I'm ashamed to admit I still own a Laettner Minnesota Timberwolves jersey.

1305 days ago
13.

BigSteve    

Knowing your typical Duke boy, these guys probably blew all 3 million already on male to male dildos.

1305 days ago
14.

chaz    

Danny Ferry was the TRUE Duke dirtbag jerk. Laettner had a pure, good heart but I guess the fame got to his head. Ferry had anger and aggression issues the media didn't catch but I witnessed. Ferry is the true F-up poser, not Laettner. I'm a Laettner fan to this day. He may be a jerk but at least he's not a phoney like Ferry.

1305 days ago
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1001001    

If a celebrity runs a red light, you people come on here and act as if Hollywood or sports turned them into a MONSTER! Look at all the horrific crimes that regular people commit every single day. The courts are filled with regular people who also make bad business deals and don't pay.

1305 days ago
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