Kings reach settlement in exploding ball case
The Sacramento Kings have settled a lawsuit over an exercise
ball the teams says exploded and injured a player.
The Sacramento Bee reported (http://sacb.ee/RuljF6) Tuesday the
settlement was reached with Italian manufacturer Ledraplastic.
Roger Dreyer, the attorney who represented the NBA team and
injured swingman Francisco Garcia, told the newspaper the
settlement amount was confidential.
But he described it as extremely favorable to his clients.
An email to Ledraplastic was not immediately returned.
The Kings and Garcia claimed the ball exploded in October 2009
while Garcia was balancing on it and lifting weights, causing
injuries that included a broken forearm.
He missed four months during the first year of a contract
extension. The Kings sought to recover his salary. Garcia sued for
loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.