Spurs Fan Files Lawsuit Against Pachulia, Warriors For Leonard Injury
The NBA has already stated that Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia would not face any type of suspension for stepping under Spurs star Kawhi Leonard and ultimately caused him to aggravate his already tender ankle.
One fan of the Spurs is not taking this injury lightly and he plans on fighting back….in the courthouse.
“Juan Vazquez on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Pachulia and the Warriors on behalf of Spurs season ticket holders and San Antonio card shop What’s On Second.
“All we are asking from the court is that this type of behavior, that can and does cause serious injury to our team and those that love it, not be allowed in San Antonio,” said Alfonso Kennard, Jr., lead attorney for the plaintiffs.
The suit claims Pachulia acted “without excuse or justification, intentionally and maliciously invaded the landing zone of an opposing athlete, Kawhi Leonard.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich lambasted Pachulia, deeming the close-out “dangerous” and “unsportsmanlike.”
“This particular individual has a history with that kind of action,” Popovich said. “You can go back and look at Dallas games where he got a flagrant two for elbowing Patty Mills. The play where he took Kawhi down and locked his arm in Dallas and could have broken his arm. Ask David West, his current teammate, how things went when Zaza was playing for Dallas and he and David got into it.”
Pachulia’s action, the complaint reads, “devastated the quality of the Spurs’ chances of being competitive and having additional games in their home arena, both in the Western Conference Finals and also potentially in the NBA Finals” and also negatively affected “the value of the tickets purchased by plaintiff subsequent to their purchase.”
The plaintiffs’ demands include the following, writes Moile:
- Judgment against defendants for a sum within the jurisdictional limits of the court for all their actual and exemplary damages in a sum determined by the trier of fact but in no event greater than $73,000.00
- A temporary restraining order be issued without notice to defendants and that defendants and others named herein be restrained from engaging in the conduct described above
- Such other and further relief to which plaintiffs may be justly entitled.