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Los Angeles Lakers

Ex-Player Sued

Over $16k Pinky Ring

10/8/2012 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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You know you're a pro athlete when  ... YOU BUY A $16,000 PINKY RING ... just like one former L.A. Lakers player, who's now being sued for allegedly bailing hard when the bill came.

The guy at the center of the lawsuit is DJ Mbenga -- an 8-year NBA vet who rode the bench with the Lake Show when they won 2 NBA championship rings in 2009 and 2010.

DJ is being sued by a Texas jewelry company called Lemmerman's -- which calls itself "The Player's Choice."

According to the suit, obtained by TMZ ... Mbenga ordered $59,750 worth of jewelry around 2010 ... including a $16k diamond pinky ring, several bracelets and a $3,750 Polanti watch.

Lemmerman's claims DJ forked over $10k ...but when it came to collecting the remaining $49,750 ... Mbenga refused to pay.

Lemmerman's is seeking the money they say they are owed, plus attorney fees.

Attempts to reach DJ for comment were unsuccessful.

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6 COMMENTS

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just because    

Michael Gordan?

564 days ago
2.

Phishie from Philly    

I guess athletes, actors, and actresses all think that they don't have to return or pay for jewelry. Must be nice to be famous. Most don't have to pay taxes too.
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Phishie from Philly

564 days ago
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laffnbear    

Evan though he didn't play he still learned how yo cheat and steal from the pros.
Is this a black cultural thing?
Make a down payment then skip the rest?

564 days ago
4.

Carl    

It should read "You know you are a pro athlete when you buy something ridiculously expensive that you cannot afford".

564 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

Oh yea. This is the black people way of buying stuff on "credic."

564 days ago
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jujuluku    

If you think Heather`s story is something,, 3 weeks ago my brother's mom in law actually earned $9819 just sitting there a fourty hour month from home and they're co-worker's aunt`s neighbour did this for 6 months and made over $9819 parttime at their pc. use the advice at this address, http://www.Cloud65.com

511 days ago

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