An NBA star sues neighbors claiming that they harass him for his race and profession, and the neighbors sue him back claiming he holds frequent parties that get loud and out of control.
Andrew Bynum has decided to sue his Los Angeles neighbors, Raymond and Cindy Beckett. The NBA star claims that the neighbors object to his “profession, his race, his friends, his cars, and his taste in music,” court documents obtained by USA Today found.
Still rehabbing from a knee injury and yet to play for his new team, the Philadelphia 76ers, the NBA star sues his neighbors in the Los Angeles suburb of Westerchester. He filed suit on June 1, saying that the neighbors harassed him, and the neighbors responded July 11 with their own suit.
In suing the NBA star, the Becketts contended: “Andrew Bynum is a great basketball player and a terrible neighbor who presumes that being an NBA All Star entitles him to party like a rock star in the otherwise quiet Westerchester neighborhood where he lives.”
The Becketts add:
“Bynum has demonstrated open contempt for the Becketts specifically and for the neighborhood generally by blasting loud, profane, and disrespectful music and video games at window-shaking volumes; by letting his dogs run loose through the neighborhood; by apparently engaging in illegal drug use and permitting marijuana smoke to drift into the Becketts’ backyard; by constructing a fence on his property which is not in compliance with the community codes and regulations; by conspicuously brandishing firearms in an attempt to threaten and intimidate the Becketts in retaliation for their legitimate complaints; and, perhaps most seriously, by recklessly racing his luxury cars through the neighborhood at dangerous speeds where children or others could be injured or killed.”
The news that the NBA star sues his neighbors might not even be the most unusual Andrew Bynum news to come out in recent weeks, however. As the Washington Post noted, the injury that the center suffered, the one that’s kept him out all year, occurred while he was bowling.