Ex-NBA player Ray Allen claims he was catfished and stalked by a man pretending to be several women.
Former NBA all-star Ray Allen has filed a motion in an Orange County (Fl.) court to have a suit dismissed that accuses him of stalking. Allen is claiming that he is the one being harassed and stalked, however. Allen says he was catfished by his accuser, Bryant Coleman, who impersonated several women online, in an attempt to get closer to the two-time NBA champ, per the Associated Press.
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, Florida, 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.
“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.”
Allen claims that Coleman tried to blackmail him to keep everything private, but the deal was broken and Coleman continued to harass him online. He claims that Coleman has posted about his wife, children, and even tagged himself on Facebook posts in Allen’s wife’s restaurant to let him know he was there.
He also claimed that he and Coleman agreed to a deal to keep the conversations he and Allen shared — which Allen believed had been with multiple females — private after Coleman threatened to reveal the contents. Allen also added that Coleman has since broken said deal.
Allen additionally requested the court to put an end to Coleman’s “cyber-stalking.”
Allen’s attorney has also released a statement: