The Charlotte Hornets are hoping that their 2014-15 season can be one in which they truly arrive as a respectable NBA franchise and their campaign this year has many thinking that a leap forward is inevitably going to come. One of the players that the Hornets need to see a lot out of is Bismack Biyombo, who is a former lottery pick that can
According to TMZ, a man named is claiming to have discovered Biyombo when he was back in Yemen in 2009 and signed a contract with him that basically gave him 10 percent of his lifetime earnings to teach him the ways of the basketball force. Biyombo payed this guy but as soon as he was drafted the payments reportedly stopped.
Long story short … a guy named Igor Crespo says Biyombo owes him more than $2 MILLION in unpaid commission for his help in “developing” him into an NBA talent.
In the suit, Crespo says he met Biyombo in Yemen back in 2009 … and he signed a contract promising him 10% of all pro basketball earnings for the rest of his life in exchange for Crespo’s help. The contract was allegedly signed in Spain, where Crespo says he helped Bismack get a job with a pro team in Madrid.
This seems really fishy and a bit like a con job. We see this sort of thing happen all the time in both foreign countries and here in America as well where a leach will latch onto someone talented and try to suck out personal gain for doing essentially nothing.
The question is whether or not this is a legally binding contract and if so, how is it that this guy only wants $2 million? Biyombo isn’t a draft bust and he may have more money coming to him down the road, but the fact that this guy sounds like he’s cashing in his Biyombo check early is pretty telling of his true intentions.
Of course, that’s all speculative as we don’t know the full nature of the case, but this is a headache the Hornets will want to alleviate quickly as they can’t afford any distractions in this crucial upcoming season of growth.
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