An Update on Old Friends: Chris Brown, Drake and Tony Parker

ImageThe never-ending drama involving the cast of characters from the W.i.P. nightclub brawl last year in New York City continue to make news. The feud between Chris Brown and Drake has been resurrected by Drake in an interview with GQ. In the article Drake says he doesn’t want his name to be “synonymous” with Brown’s and that he thinks the feud between them is going to “end really badly” (whatever that means). In another story, Drake also showed class (when he) was denied entry while trying to sneak into the Heat locker room after their Game 7 win in the Finals last week (the details are in a great article by @AlexKennedy who shares my view that “Drake has a little too much swag for his own good”).

Meanwhile Brown has been accused of shoving a woman at an LA nightclub. Deanna Gines filed a police report and says she may need surgery after being shoved “deliberately” by Brown. If the accusations turn out to be true, Brown could be arrested in violation of his probation in addition to assaulting Gines. The good news for Brown is the burden of proof is on Gines and police will not take her word for it; they will have to gather material evidence to be able to arrest Brown. Material evidence can include cell phone videos, pictures, or security footage. In addition police will interview the woman, Brown, and any other witnesses that may have been present. If he’s charged, Brown can also argue that the woman pushed him first and he pushed her back in self-defense, but evidence would be needed to corroborate that story. To be fair, celebrities of Brown’s stature and a record of prior violent behavior towards women, can be vulnerable to situations like this even if they did nothing wrong. Presumably in response to the accusation, Brown recently tweeted “I didn’t do anything”. Lets just say it’s a good thing he didn’t go all Scottie Pippen on her (or did Pippen channel his inner Chris Brown).

Finally, Tony Parker, having just lost the NBA Finals, may also be a loser in his lawsuit against Chris Brown, Drake, and W.i.P. Parker’s $20 million lawsuit hinged on the fact that he was injured to the extent that he would no longer be able to make money playing basketball. Unfortunately, because the Spurs made the NBA Finals with Parker being a key contributor, in addition to making $12.5 million per season, it’s unlikely a court would find that the injury is affecting his ability to make money.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Drake, Brown, and Parker.


About Rajiv Radia

Rajiv is a third year law student at American University - Washington College of Law in Washington DC and a long time sports fanatic.
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