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CP3 could file a lawsuit against the NBA soon?

Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 2:44 pm
Posted by Royce Young

There was a lot of anger and frustration after the NBA vetoed the original Chris Paul trade that would've sent CP3 to the Lakers. Emotional reactions, threats and big talk.

One of those things was that CP3 might pursue a lawsuit against the NBA for collusion. It seemed to have a good amount of steam early on, but felt like one of those things that would melt away as everyone sort of moved on.

But it hasn't. At least not for CP3. According to the NY Daily News, Paul and the union could be taking action soon.
"A source told the Daily News Tuesday that Paul could file a lawsuit 'in the next couple of days' charging the NBA, which owns and runs the Hornets, with collusion and violating the league's collective bargaining agreement. The NBA's labor deal has an anti-collusion clause that prohibits teams from conspiring with the league to influence contracts, signings or transactions."
I always thought the lawsuit thing was more of a threat than an actual thing, but at some point, you've got to follow through I guess. Especially when things don't change.

The million dollar question is though, does CP3 actually have a case? Could he win? Brian Windhorst of makes the case saying that Paul really doesn't have much of a shot:
"Not a lawyer but just don't understand how CP3 has grounds for suit. He is not a free agent. He's under contract to play for New Orleans and being paid. Part of contract is ownership, whoever it is, can choose to trade him or not trade him anywhere/for anything they want. This is the deal. Been in contact with several labor attorneys. They all agree Paul/NBPA has case under federal labor law. Most don't think he'll win."
But don't think just because someone can't win is reason enough to not try. Not many actually thought the players union would win a lawsuit against the league during the lockout, but they went ahead with it anyway to try and gain a sense of leverage and control. Right now, the NBA and David Stern are completely in control of the CP3 trade talks, but the Paul camp is trying to at least grab a small piece of that.

A lawsuit makes a statement that this isn't OK, that CP3 isn't just going to be a napkin blowing in the wind, taken wherever the league may feel like. It's a worthy and probably necessary effort, even if it's a futile endeavor.


Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:04 pm

Brian is Brian's Chick name

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:01 pm

Brina windhorst has no guts

This is the Pathetic America where everyone like Brian justs bends over and takes it and mistakes that for being legal instead of just scared.  

They absolutely forced a worse deal on New Orleans and Paul just so Stern could show them who's Boss.

It had ZERO to do with basketball and everyone knows it.

Houston should sue also.

Being a bully is not part of doing business, It's and organizing tenant of fascist dictators.  

Nice to see Chris Paul who isn't as cowardly as Brian, who would rather that Paul they justs run from every fight because the league is too big to beat.  

If that was true there woud be a hard cap right now and there isn't one is there.  So Stern can't just end a deal because Cuban wants Lamar Odom and pretends Dallas is a second rate market when they just won the title.   

Stern is telling players to do what he says despite the law because he thinks he owns the players liek a new pair of shoes. Well we fought a war over slavery and it ain't legal, and guess what, it ain't part of the new CBA either.

This is an absolute FACT. the only way Paul loses this case is if he gets a bought off judge.  I know that's how many of you do business, but we'll just see how it ends up.

...and I own you, or at least Stern does 

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:31 pm

CP3 could file a lawsuit against the NBA soon?

This guy got screwed!!!!  I wonder if he could still sue? If so he would lose. Good luck!

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:24 pm

CP3 could file a lawsuit against the NBA soon?

Guess the threat of this lawsuit is what forced the NBA to agree to trade Chris Paul. I still hope the NBAPA goes through with it, however. There was a conflict of interest from the first day the NBA owners each became a part owner of the Hornets franchise. Phil Jackson was aware of this from day one and said so at the time. In fact, it was part of his reasoning in deciding to retire. There needs to be a clear legal understanding what type of anti-trust arrangement takes place if and when a league and it's owners take over the everyday operation of a franchise and supposed competing team. It flies in the face of legitimacy. The NBA put a front office in place which was supposed to be allowed to perform trades, similar to what happened when baseball took over the Rangers franchise in baseball. The difference here is that baseball actually allowed that front office to make trades, one of which brought in Cliff Lee and got them all the way to the world series. The NBA did the exact opposite. It did away with the trades their appointed front office made, pushed them aside, and acted as if they were not going to allow Paul to go to either The Knicks or Lakers under any circumstances. This is a situation that needs to be resolved in the courts and the sooner it's done, the better.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:12 pm

CP3 could file a lawsuit against the NBA soon?

Lakers now DESPISE Stern.

The Lakeshow has the biggest fanbase in the L, and he axes their acquisition of CP3 then allows him to go to the Clips???

C ya Stern, u obviously forgot that ths Buss's have more pull in this league then u do!!!  

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:03 pm

CP3 could file a lawsuit against the NBA soon?

Hey CP-Billy Hunter would like to represent you ...He's all about lawsuits where you pay him, but you can't win.

Hey- here's some advice maybe your agent or lawyer didn't give you....DON'T SIGN CONTRACTS WITH TEAMS YOU DON'T INTEND TO PLAY FOR. They expect players to honor them. It's a CONTRACT.

After about 15 minutes, CP3 will realize that the Clippers can't win with him and Griffin alone...and we'll get to watch him lie down in the grocery store kicking and crying and throwing a Melo fit until they agree to trade him to the's a tired, juvenile act that wil continue as long as these overgrown 6 year olds get their way.  

Spoiled -arse players like these needed a father around to bust their tail and make them man up a little.... Being able to read the contract you sign wouldn't hurt any either.


Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:11 pm

CP3 could file a lawsuit against the NBA soon?

WOW Paul traded to the Clippers. Stern must have been in Tahiti and that blue fin tuna at his cell phone. Wasn't around to nix the trade. I hope Sern cools it now. The NBA is not about him. Scuse me if I dont run out and buy playoff tickets for the Clippers. Paul will get hurt, he will get mad, some coach will not know how to get the best out of him, or something.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:57 pm

CP3 could file a lawsuit against the NBA soon?

That's because I was responding back to a guy that was talking about black people in the nba about being overpaid.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:56 pm

CP3 could file a lawsuit against the NBA soon?

He should absolutely sue.  This whole ordeal is a complete joke!!

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:45 pm

CP3 could file a lawsuit against the NBA soon?

" I don't see you complaing about white actors getting overpaid for making a 1 1/2 hr movie for 15 mil."

What an idiot.  How about a black actor getting overpaid for making a 1 1/2 hr movie for 15 mil  (Will Smith).

Dont get me wrong, I think he is worth every cent of it and I like seeing his movies, but to lay down the race card is simply stupid. 

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