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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.


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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I see a lot of negative comments on sites like this towards athletes and other famous people. What makes average citizens any better? These kinds of lawsuits happen thousands of times every day by regular people. Just because you make $10 an hours doesn't make you morally superior to a famous athlete. Look at all of the terrible crimes like murder committed every day by average folk. If a celebrity runs a red light, you people come on here and act as if Hollywood turned them into a MONSTER!

1355 days ago


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

1354 days ago


Laettner sucks he was put on that dream team instead of Shaq that yr b/c he won the chip. If shaq was on that dream team that would have been the best USA team of all time.

1354 days ago


What is a Maryland guy giving a Duke guy money for?

1354 days ago


At least Meriman is getting his money back. We Kentucky fans will NEVER get back that turnaround 17-foot buzzer-beater by Laettner that knocked the Wilcats out of the 1992 tournament.

1203 days ago


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