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LeBron James Sued Over Alleged Stolen Idea

Even if you don't root for the Cleveland Cavaliers, every basketball fan knows about the force that is Lebron James. But you might not know that he's also a very successful businessman and is shooting for billionaire status, with a current net worth of around $400 million. However, some of that wealth may be in jeopardy as James and his multimedia platform Uninterrupted are being sued for allegedly stealing a Michigan man's idea for a barbershop show.

Purdue student Alyssa Chambers is suing basketball player Isaac Haas for $1 million in damages, claiming Haas knowingly infected her with chlamydia during a sexual encounter last year. She is also suing the school for allegedly providing Haas with undocumented medical treatment for STDs, as well as Haas's ex-girlfriend, claiming she either intentionally inflicted emotional harm on Chambers via text messages about the case, or is trying to aid in a cover-up.

Chambers' lawsuit also indicates Haas might've knowingly infected multiple women.

Michael Jordan's 'Jumpman' Pose Isn't Subject to Copyright Protection

Copyrights provide protection to various original works and give the copyright owner the exclusive right to sell, publish, or reproduce the work. Photographer Jacobus Rentmeester felt that this exclusive right had been violated by Nike.

Rentmeester claimed in a lawsuit against Nike that it had infringed on his copyright by copying his photo of Michael Jordan to create Nike's "Jumpman" logo. Unfortunately for Rentmeester, the Ninth Circuit disagreed, holding that while Rentmeester could claim a copyright to his creative choices for his photo, he couldn't claim a copyright to the jump pose.

How Will the New Tax Law Affect Sports Teams?

Your favorite hometown sports team may be planning more than just its next game plan or roster move. Tax reform is here, and everyone from the local sports bar to the hot dog vendor might be doing the math to figure out how it affects their bottom line. 

The new tax law changes will impact everything from college athletics to corporate ticket purchases and sports financing. So what's the inside story?

We all want sports to be fun, especially at the youth recreational level. "That's the thing," Ohio parent Tony Rue told WLWT, "those names are not having fun. It's not so much even if we had black students or African-American students, or any minority students. Our kids were offended."

Rue was referring to the names printed on the back of one youth basketball team's jerseys, names that included "Knee Grow" and "Coon." The team's name? "Wet Dream Team." The team was banned from the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League after playing three games in the jerseys.

Charles Oakley, New York Knickerbockers legend, was kicked out of a Knicks game last February, after which James Dolan, current Knicks owner and executive chairman of Madison Square Garden, speculated that Oakley may have a problem with alcohol and anger management issues.

Those assertions, and the forcible removal of Oakley from MSG that night, were a step too far for the power forward, who sued Dolan and MSG for defamation, libel, slander, assault, battery, and false imprisonment.

If you can remember back that far, in early 2016 a tattoo studio sued a video game company for depicting NBA players' tattoos for which they had allegedly not paid licensing fees. In the realm of fringe copyright lawsuits, this was one of the strangest -- after all, it wasn't the athletes themselves arguing that the game engineers were using the ink on their skin without compensation, but a tattoo studio arguing rights to artists' designs and work.

As it turns out, that battle is still raging in a New York federal court, where the video game company is arguing that its use of the tattoos amounts to fair use under copyright laws.

While the Golden State Warriors are gearing up for Game 4 of the NBA finals, a San Antonio Spurs season ticket holder is gearing up for litigation. Juan Vasquez has filed a lawsuit on behalf of himself and all Spurs season ticket holders against Zaza Pachulia and the Warriors over Kawhi Leonard's Game 1 injury.

The controversy over this injury inflamed NBA fans, and particularly Spurs fans. Although Leonard publicly stated that he believes Pachulia's actions were not intentional, countless fans, including Vasquez, reviewing the tape believe otherwise. Sadly, the controversy got so hot that Pachulia had to shut down his Instagram account due to receiving death threats.

Last year, North Carolina passed HB2, a law that prohibited cities within the state from passing anti-LGBT discrimination laws that exceed state protections and mandated that transgender people use public restrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates. Among other corporations, artists, and sports leagues that boycotted the state in response, the NBA pulled its 2017 all-star game from Charlotte, the city whose LGBT protection law had spurred HB2 in the first place.

And now, with the bathroom provisions of HB2 rescinded in March, the NBA is returning to North Carolina with the 2019 all-star game. Here's a look and the change in the law, and the change in the league's attitude.

A courtside employee at the United Center, where the Chicago Bulls play, is suing the beloved and fuzzy Benny the Bull mascot due to an injury she suffered literally at the costumed hand of Benny the Bull. The lawsuit seeks over $50,000 in damages stemming from an incident that occurred in May 2015.

The employee, Rosa Garcia, was working as a courtside server/waiter when, during a break in the game, Benny the Bull was running down the side of the court when he hurt his ankle. While being helped off the court by another person, and limping, Benny put his hand on Ms. Garcia's shoulder to use her as a support and lift himself up. Ms. Garcia, as a result, suffered a severe enough injury to her shoulder to require medical treatment.