Retired NBA veteran point guard Rafer Alston -- better known by his playground nickname "Skip to my Lou" -- stands as one of the few streetball legends to hit it big and make the pros.
Now he's being sued for allegedly hitting a fellow strip club patron with a bottle.
The New York Post has the gory details.
The former NBA athlete, 35, who's originally from Jamaica, Queens, attacked fellow Perfection Gentleman's Club patron Erick Franceschini, 32, of Milford, Conn., during a knock-down-drag-out free-for-all in July 2010, according to papers recently filed in Queens Supreme Court.Alston was not arrested for the incident at the time, although the report notes that a complaint was filed against him.
Alston smashed Franceschini with the bottle during a dispute that began in the Woodside, Queens, club and spilled out on the street, said Franceschini's lawyer, John Rapawy."My client had 12 staples in his head. He suffered a concussion," the lawyer said.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from the millionaire ex-hoopster, who now lives in Boca Raton, Fla., as well as the strip club.
The good news for Alston is that he only checks in at No. 2 on CBSSports.com's "Former NBA Players Making Bad Legal Headlines" Power Rankings list this week. Samaki Walker holds a firm grip on the top spot after trying to eat his marijuana during a traffic stop in Arizona.
Alston first rose to prominence thanks to the And1 Mixtape, which brought his Harlem Globetrotters like flashy dribbing and passing skills to a national audience. He went on to average 10.1 points, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals during an 11-year NBA career that included stops with the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets. Alston last played in the NBA during the 2009-2010 season.