View Full Version : Steve Francis a quality guy (cough...cough)

06-19-2005, 07:32 AM
I know, I know innocent until proven guilty but .........

Francis faces multi-million dollar lawsuit
By John Denton, Florida Today (from USA Today)

ORLANDO Maybe the only thing clear about the bar brawl allegedly involving Orlando Magic guard Steve Francis at this point is that the worst is yet to come.
A hearing for the 14-count civil suit filed against Francis and 12 unnamed members is scheduled for Sept. 16, and Francis will have to be present in Superior Court in Washington, D.C. It is then, said Stephanie Moran of Watson and Moran, that a dollar amount will likely be affixed to the civil suit. Assuredly, it will seek millions of dollars in damages.

And yet another legal nightmare could be looming for Francis. A second civil suit could come in the next few weeks from Ahmad Muhammad, a participant in the brawl who has remained in the intensive care unit for almost a week from injuries suffered in the fight.

The alleged scuffle took place early last Sunday at approximately 6 a.m. where Francis was partying following the Mike Tyson-Kevin McBride boxing match. Akbar Muhammad of Essex County, N.J., and Nafis Muhammad-Baker of Landover, Md., are accusing Francis and 12 unnamed members of his party of beating them to the point they were rendered unconscious. They also are claiming that Francis hit Muhammad over the head with a bottle.

The incident still is under investigation by D.C. police, and no charges have been filed. Francis has not spoken publicly about the incident, but his agent, Jeff Fried, tells a dramatically different story. He said Francis was hurried out of the nightclub when a bottle was thrown at him and that the star guard had no involvement in the fracas. Fried referred to it as "a shakedown of a high-profile athlete," and he said that the fact that a civil suit was filed before the investigation was complete suggests this is nothing more than a cash grab.

Moran said that the truth about Francis' participation in the fight will eventually come to light.

"If (Fried) wants to represent that (Francis) was not there, he better make sure that that is factual," Moran said. "We haven't heard from (Francis). All we have heard are the representations from his agent."


06-20-2005, 12:40 PM
It's probably a loser who wants some money...

I feel sorry for Stevie nothing more.