Posted April 10, 2013

DeJuan Blair faces potential jail time, Spurs subpoenaed in jewelry lawsuit

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San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair owes more than $53,000 to a jeweler. (D. Clarke Evans/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair owes more than $53,000 to a jeweler. (D. Clarke Evans/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair owes more than $53,000 to a San Antonio-based jeweler for purchases he made on credit in 2010, and the Spurs have been subpoenaed in the lawsuit.

According to Michelle Mondo of the San Antonio Express-News, team officials have not returned all of the “responsive documents” and the attorney for the owner of Zareem Merchant, the jewelery store, said the team has been “uncooperative.”

But the Spurs did turn over some documents, and they show that Blair used the jewelry as collateral for a $30,000 loan the team made to him. The report also says that if Blair fails to appear in court on Wednesday or continues to ignore the lawsuit filed in October, the Spurs center could face jail time for being in contempt.

Blair, who turns 24 in two weeks, signed with the Spurs in 2009 and will have made $3.8 million by the time he becomes a free agent this summer. According to the Express-News report, Blair failed to pay for items he took during eight visits to the store over a one month period beginning in March 2010:

One visit topped $11,000 and included a $4,000 diamond watch and $3,000 diamond ring, according to the receipts filed with the lawsuit. On another visit, Blair picked out more than $12,000 worth of merchandise, including what may be a watch but was only described as a “men’s Gucci with Dia” for $5,946, according to the documents. In all, he owes a total of $53,032.26.

Because Blair’s agent, Happy Walters, has also been unresponsive, a judge ordered that the notice be served to Blair at his residence. There’s no word yet on whether Blair appeared in court on Wednesday.

Blair, who has averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13 minutes per game this season, is expected to be with the Spurs when they tip-off against the Nuggets in Denver on Wednesday night.


2 comments
rukiddingme
rukiddingme

How the hell do you spend $53,000 on jewelry?  Obviously, that's a rhetorical question since the article lists the items he purchased, so I guess I meant why does someone feel the NEED to buy $53,000 worth of jewelry?  And then think that they don't have to pay for it?  The only answer I can come up with is ignorance and/or arrogance, both of which are unacceptable.  He apparently owes the Spurs' some money as well.  Given that he has made or will make $3.8 million by this summer, he should have the money to pay this debt and he needs to address this situation now, before it gets any futher out of hand.  He has already lost some face (at least with me), but if he pays his debt before this situation gets any worse, I think he can mitigate most of the damage to his reputation.  And I hope Mr. Blair learned his lesson here, ie: that he's no different than the rest of us.  Dude, you got to pay your bills...

DanCovey
DanCovey

When one makes a million +  a year   for 4 yeas and then has to   borrow money???? STRANGE, when most of us do not make a million in all our working  years. STRANGE!  What in the X X X X    do   these guys do with their millions?