The oftentimes troubled ex-NBA-star Jayson Williams (pictured) reportedly filed a lawsuit last year against his former landlord, the Berkeley Hall Club. The filing against the country club reportedly accused them of being racists because they allegedly ousted Willliams’ African-American friends from his home while he was away, according to RadarOnline.
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Back in February 2010, Williams, whose home was located in South Carolina on the country club grounds, claims that he left his friend Charles Houston to oversee the potential sale of his mansion. Houston then reportedly contracted with Micheal Walters, a realtor with marketing skills and construction connections, who could repair and stage the home for sale as well as provide security.
The former New Jersey Nets hoops star, who made headlines when he accidentally shot and killed his limousine driver back in 2002, handed over his power of attorney to both men to do what they needed in order to get the home sold.
According to Williams, his plans were moving along smoothly until he hit a snag: When he informed Berkeley that he wanted to market his property to fellow league players, such as Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, and the like — Black players who are financially able to afford the home — he was reportedly met with a retaliatory, racist move.
Court filed documents claim that Berkeley representatives “conspired together … to alienate, inhibit, injure, and prevent … plans to sell the home to another potential Black buyer.”
Williams, 46, also contends that the country club’s guards were instructed to deny both Houston and Walters entry on to the property and that both men now want to be reimbursed for the “irreparable injuries” they suffered for being evicted from the home.
Berkeley’s response to the William’s suit is that they were only abiding by the former player’s divorce decree stipulation, which states that only his former wife Tanya was legally permitted to gain access to the property, no one else. The company also contends that they have never barred Williams from his own property
Meanwhile, Williams’ home has allegedly been foreclosed and a trial has been set for June 1.