Heat great Ray Allen tells court he was ‘catfished’

Retired NBA star Ray Allen said he is a victim of “catfishing,” and has asked a court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online.

Allen filed an emergency motion in Orange County, on Tuesday, one day after Bryant Coleman told the court he is being stalked by the 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion.

Allen said Coleman is the one who is stalking.

“Coleman pretended to be a number of attractive women interested in Ray Allen,” read the motion filed on Allen’s behalf. “Ray believed he was speaking with these women and communicated with them.” 

Attorney David Oscar Markus released a statement saying Allen took legal action in an effort to put an end to threats against him and his family, and that Allen was the victim “of an online scheme to extract money and embarrass him by someone who appears to be troubled.” 

In the filing, Allen said Coleman threatened to reveal details of their conversations, and that the sides eventually struck a deal to keep everything private. Allen said that deal has been violated and that Coleman has continued to harass him and his family through several social-media accounts.

“He posted about Ray’s wife, Ray’s children, Ray’s dog, Ray’s homes, Ray’s wife’s restaurant, and numerous other personal items,” read the motion. “Coleman not only posted about these things, he would actually post while physically located inside Ray’s wife’s restaurant in Orlando. And he would make sure they knew it, tagging Ray and his wife on those posts.” 

Allen asked the court to stop Coleman from “cyber-stalking.” It was not clear if Coleman has an attorney, and a working phone number for him could not be found.

“Ray regrets ever engaging with this person online and is thankful they never met in person,” Markus said. “This experience has negatively impacted Ray, and he hopes that others might use his mistake to learn the dangers of communicating online with strangers.” 

Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made. He won championships with Boston in 2008 and Miami in 2013, the second title coming after he made one of the most dramatic shots in playoff history — a game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation of Game 6 of The Finals against San Antonio, a game that the Heat would win in overtime to extend the series to a seventh game.

Allen also played for Milwaukee and Seattle, and last appeared in the league in 2014. He and his family have lived in the Miami area since.

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Manso: Heat heading to NBA Playoffs with better seed than you think

The Heat ended the 2016-2017 season wishing they had played even more basketball.  To a man, every player in Miami’s locker room felt they could have made some noise in the playoffs and had more to prove with this team.They’re finally …

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Here is a way to help victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida Keys

The Miami Heat’s Jason Jackson wants you to join an effort to help Hurricane Irma’s victims in the Florida Keys. It’s simple, he wants you to eat Thursday, drink Friday and follow the caravan Sunday. 

Jackson wants you to head to one of two participating Checkers restaurants Thursday. If you are in Broward, the fast-food restaurant is at 3568 Northlake Blvd., in Palm Beach Gardens. If you are in Miami-Dade, head to 5605 SW 137 Ave. in Kendall. 

The restaurants will be donating the day’s profits and the Palm Beach Gardens location will be collecting donations for The Jax Fam Foundation effort.

On Friday, there will be a JFF Happy Hour fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar and Whiskey Bar at 1106 South Miami Ave., in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood.  

The team of volunteers, including other local organizations, will be preparing packages Saturday, and on Sunday they will be making the delivery by road and sea to Big Pine Key and Marathon with the help of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. 

For more information or to make a donation, visit the Jax Fam Foundation website or e-mail Beth Silverberg at Beth@JaxFamFoundation.org

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Miami Heat re-signs Dion Waiters

The Miami Heat re-signed guard Dion Waiters, the team announced on Friday night. .

President Pat Riley said in a statement that Waiters proved last season that he was one of the best guards in the NBA.

“We are happy today to be able to sign Dion to a long-term contract,” Riley said in the statement.

Riley added that Waiters is an attacker and an “excellent” three-point shooter as well as a defender. The Miami Herald‘s Manny Navarro reported the Heat will be paying Waiters $52 million for four years. 

“He is a player that has no fear in taking the last shot, regardless of the outcome,” Riley said. “We believe that continuity has shown to be one of the important things that we do by keeping a team together. Having Dion back in the fold is a big factor in keeping that team chemistry together.”

Last season, Waiters appeared in 46 games (43 starts), helping Miami to a 27-19 (.587) record in those games. He averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 30.1 minutes while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and a career-high 39.5 percent from three-point range.


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Pulse nightclub victims honored at AAA event

At the rear of the American Airlines Arena there was a revolving sign Monday that shows photos of all 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre. In addition to the photos, the Miami Police department and the LGBTQ group Pridelines Youth Services …

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AP Source: Bosh, Miami Heat reach agreement to part ways

A person with knowledge of the situation says Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat have agreed on the next steps to remove him from the roster and the team’s salary cap.

The person says Bosh’s issues with blood clots have been determined as a career-ending injury situation which will allow the Heat cap relief going forward, adding that Bosh cannot play for Miami again but may still seek medical clearance from another club if he decides he wants to play elsewhere. The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced publicly.

Bosh remains on the Heat roster and will stay there until the team needs his cap space.

He has not played since February 2016. Bosh’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons were shortened by bouts with blood clots.

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