MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- An Arkansas man filed a federal lawsuit against NBA star Kobe Bryant claiming the Lakers guard deliberately elbowed him during a game last year against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bill Geeslin was a spectator in the stands Nov. 14 when the Lakers played the Grizzlies in Memphis. His three-page lawsuit filed Tuesday claims that Bryant came off the court during play, landed on Geeslin and "without provocation" committed assault and battery when he violently struck Geeslin with his elbow.
Geeslin claims seeks more than $75,000 in damages for unspecified injuries that required medical attention.
Geeslin's attorney, Robert Coleman, declined to elaborate on the filing Wednesday but said he had not been in contact with Bryant's attorneys or agent.
A call to Bryant's agent seeking comment was not immediately returned.
The game ended with the Grizzlies winning 85-73.
So this doofus is alleging that Kobe Bryant A) Picked him out of the crowd when he dove off the court, B) deliberately attacked him, C) caused him an injury and D) this injury resulted in $75,000 worth of medical bills/mental anguish (I'm throwing the anguish part in there - I'm assuming, I guess).
Why would a judge even allow this kind of lawsuit? Are the rules in Tennessee so lax that you can file this kind of suit without having to show prima facie (obvious injury)?
I'm no Kobe Bryant fan, so don't get the impression I'm sticking up for my guy or anything, but this is just totally ridiculous.