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NBA Legend Sued Over Handball

4/11/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Busy week for ex-NBA star Glen Rice ... TMZ has learned the former Miami Heat star just got sued over a HANDBALL tournament he organized back in 2009.


According to legal docs filed in Miami, Rice hired a bunch of people to film and produce a team handball tournament at the American Airlines Arena in April 2009 -- but never paid them.

Now ... 15 people and 3 companies have filed suit against Rice, claiming he owes them all a grand total of $22,320.

Attempts to reach Glen Rice were unsuccessful. Attempts to figure out what the hell team handball is were just frustrating.

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Is some personal friend of Glen's working at TMZ? I cannot see any other reason for this journeyman player being described as a "legend." Get serious.

1291 days ago

Chuck D of Valpo    

I believe team handball is similar to pocket pool. Same results.

1291 days ago


Legend? ReallY?

1291 days ago


What is team handball? Do they stand in a circle and pass a basketball around until the music stops like musical chairs?

1291 days ago

Love Star Wars    

American Airlines Arena ?

Don't fly American Airlines ........ they are The Worst Airline.

1291 days ago


Team handball is pretty much a European sport. It is also an Olympic sport and is actually a good game. American TV never broadcasts sports we don't participate is so it is no wonder people do not know what it is.

1291 days ago


boring..another one who doesnt pay his bills

1291 days ago


I'm by no means a Glen Rice fan, but the fact that he was a star and is a NBA Legend aren't inaccurate:

"Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967, in Flint, Michigan) is a retired American professional basketball player of the NBA. The 6'8" tall Rice was a three-time NBA All-Star guard/forward, ranking 8th in NBA history with 1,559 three-point field goals made during his 15-year career. As a player, Rice won an NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and an NBA Championship. Rice has won both the NBA All-Star Game MVP and the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player awards."

You don't sit in the top ten of any NBA list and not be considered a Legend of sorts. He might have been a journeyman towards the end of his career, but the same could be said for Brett Farve and several other athletes who didn't want to leave when they passed their prime. Just because some of you forgot who he was or just paid attention to Jordan back then doesn't mean Glen Rice wasn't a star.

Now for this handball crap... I don't know what the heck that is about but perhaps he should stick to basketball shooting camps or something.


1291 days ago



Ranking 8th in three-pointers doesn't make you a legend. Glen "is a retired American professional basketball player." Period. After a decade as a pro, he was still nothing but a three-point shooter. He was bewildered by the Triangle offense.

Legends of Rice's era are folks like Michael Jordan and Stockton and Malone.

1291 days ago


Bird was a legend. Jordan was a legend. Jerry Rice was a legend. Glen Rice, though a good player, was far from a legend. For TMZ to say otherwise for the purpose of this story is silly.

1291 days ago


I have a friend in Spain who plays team handball, it's actually a pretty cool sport.

1291 days ago

Handball Fan    

Team Handball (just handball outside of the United States) is the third most popular sport in the world, in terms of the amount of athletes playing, behind soccer and basketball. It is actually a very exciting sport, fast paced, high scoring, and very physical. The United States team is currently trying to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. If we could get athletes like those playing in the NBA, we could dominate the sport.

1291 days ago


Another misfit who does not pay his bills!!! Please this guy is not a legend!!!!!

1291 days ago


I'm sorry...did I read right?
15 people AND 3 companies are suing for $22,000 from 2 freaking years ago? That isn't even (per person) worth talking about. Sweet Jesus...on a per person basis, they could have gotten 3 times that in a week of pan handling on a major street corner in any American city.

Grow the flock up and write it off.

1291 days ago

steve g.    

i was on the crew that wasn't paid. he would rather pay his lawyers $20,000 then take care of the crew. he is the lowest of the low. also...legend? give me a break!

1113 days ago

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