Former NBA guard and New York Knick Cuttino Mobley has filed a lawsuit against the New York Knicks on Wednesday accusing the franchise of pressuring him to retire as a way to save money against the cap and collect insurance against Mobley's contract.
Mobley, retired in 2008 after being acquired from the LA Clippers, when a team ordered physical revealed a serious heart condition. The Knicks were already aware of an irregular heartbeat from Mobley but the lawsuit file in New York contends the Knicks pushed to make the trade, then sent him to a specialist knowing they would not clear him to play. When the specialists denied him clearance to get back on the court, Cuttino's insurance kicked in and his cap number would not count against the cap.
The lawsuit sites "irreparable injury, monetary damages, mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, and other compensable damages as a result of defendants' discriminatory practices."
The team issued this statement on the issue:
"When the Knicks obtained Cuttino in November of 2008, the team fully expected him to be our starting shooting guard. It was a significant set-back to our team when we learned he would not be able to play following initial reports from his physical."
"The team and Cuttino agreed he would then see top experts, including doctors at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and additional experts, for various opinions. On the day of his retirement, Cuttino publicly stated that he had no choice but to follow the advice of the doctors and step away from the league. We are confident Cuttino's claims have no merit and will not prevail."
Mobley has yet to officially file his retirement paperwork and is eligible to a return to the league but teams have stayed away because of the Knicks declaration that he's medically disqualified.
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