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Basketball Fan
05-03-2011, 09:58 PM
http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/blogs/2011/tv-news/miami-heat-star-sues-to-keep-ex-off-basketball-wives/


Miami Heat Star Sues To Keep Ex Off ‘Basketball Wives’
by Reuters
May 3rd, 2011 | 5:46 PM | Comments 0
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Miami Heat basketball forward Chris Bosh has filed a lawsuit to prevent his ex-girlfriend who is the mother of his child from appearing on the next season of VH1’s reality show “Basketball Wives.”

Bosh, who filed the suit on Monday in California federal court, accused his former girlfriend, Allison Mathis, and the show’s producer, Shed Media U.S. Inc, of commercially exploiting his trademark and identity without permission.

The show, which stars former girlfriends and wives of players in the National Basketball Association, gives the women a “worldwide platform” to use the names and likenesses of famous players for their own financial gain, the lawsuit said.

Despite its title, the show does not feature any current wives of NBA players, the suit said.

Shed Media did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Mathis could not immediately be reached for comment.

In his complaint, Bosh said the television series threatens to dilute his trademark and confuse viewers by suggesting that he endorsed Mathis’ appearance on the show. The suit said Bosh has cultivated his trademark through YouTube videos that promote basketball programs for children.

Mathis threatens to undermine that reputation by attacking Bosh’s parenting skills on the show, the suit alleged.

In addition to trademark infringement, Bosh accused Mathis and the production company of violating his right to market his own identity and tell his own life story.

He asked for damages of at least $75,000 and injunctions preventing the use of his name or image.

The lawsuit tried to counter any potential free-speech arguments by Mathis and Shed Media by claiming that the show is primarily commercial and does not express anything “other than an attempt to profit from (Bosh’s) fame.”

The suit said the depiction of celebrity NBA players is “the very sum and substance of the show.”

Bosh is not the first NBA player to attempt to block an ex from appearing on the show.

In 2010, Orlando Magic player Dwight Howard sued “Basketball Wives” star Royce Reed in Florida court for violating an order not to talk to the media about their relationship. Howard won a $500,000 settlement in that case.

Last year, Shaquille O’Neal threatened to take legal action against his ex-wife, Shaunie O’Neal, if she mentioned him in the course of her appearance on the show, saying confidentiality agreements prevented her doing so.

In an unrelated case in 2009, Bosh reclaimed his online identity from a “cyber-squatting” company that was using his name and likeness to generate revenue on the website chrisbosh.com. A California federal judge awarded Bosh over $100,000 along with custody of more than 800 Internet domains named after other professional athletes and celebrities, which he pledged to return to the rightful owners.

IndyHoya
05-03-2011, 10:17 PM
Chris has the same sort of problem that Dwight Howard of Orlando had with his "Baby Mama". Dwight got a gag order. Maybe Chris should call Dwight and get his lawyer's phone number.

mikeyism
05-03-2011, 10:20 PM
I'll just put this right here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTQdcA_VeRw

mattie
05-04-2011, 04:24 AM
I'll just put this right here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTQdcA_VeRw

hahaha thats ridiculous.

CableKC
05-04-2011, 04:48 AM
I don't get it...if this is a show about "Basketball Wives"...then why is an Ex-Girlfriend of Bosh even on this show?

That's what I have about all these Reality shows.....they use a very loose definition when it comes to someone being a "Wife".

MyFavMartin
05-04-2011, 07:22 AM
Rename the show "Baby Mama Drama".

90'sNBARocked
05-04-2011, 09:07 AM
Eric Wiliams ex is beautiful

:)

beast23
05-04-2011, 09:19 AM
Actually, I look at it differently.

NBA players have a rep (deservedly or not) for not "stepping up to the plate" when it comes to former relationships and any children in which said relationships might have resulted.

Indiana's own Shawn Kemp is probably among the worst in this regard.

From my perspective, even though the women should know by now what they might be getting themselves into, they have a right to pursue a career, as specialized as it may be, and to try to find a way to support themselves and any resulting children after the relationship breaks apart.

In the long run, maybe it will do some good. Perhaps players will be more careful about their relationships and make certain that they deal with any resulting complications from those relationships in a better way. Otherwise, there is the chance that they may have their reps tarnished on national television.

Kid Minneapolis
05-04-2011, 09:36 AM
Actually, I look at it differently.

NBA players have a rep (deservedly or not) for not "stepping up to the plate" when it comes to former relationships and any children in which said relationships might have resulted.

Indiana's own Shawn Kemp is probably among the worst in this regard.

From my perspective, even though the women should know by now what they might be getting themselves into, they have a right to pursue a career, as specialized as it may be, and to try to find a way to support themselves and any resulting children after the relationship breaks apart.

In the long run, maybe it will do some good. Perhaps players will be more careful about their relationships and make certain that they deal with any resulting complications from those relationships in a better way. Otherwise, there is the chance that they may have their reps tarnished on national television.

1) Can't assume that an NBA player is a bad father, even if it might be true in a lot of cases.
2) They can certainly pursue a career. But they can't run their ex-spouse's name through the mud to do it.
3) If you're going to stereotype the NBA player, then you need to stereotype the women who go after NBA players, too. The word "gold-digger" comes to mind. Any woman using her husband's fame to get on a TV show about drama might fall into that category.

SMosley21
05-04-2011, 10:58 AM
There are rumors about Bosh's sexual preference not being that of the female sex. Might be trying to hide anything that might come out on the show.

Basketball Fan
05-09-2011, 02:43 PM
http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/09/shaunie-o-neal-shaquille-basketball-wives-chris-bosh-vh1-nba-miami-heat/


Shaq's Ex BURNS Heat Star Chris Bosh
5/9/2011 12:45 AM PDT by TMZ Staff



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Shaunie O'Neal must think she's in the NBA Playoffs ... 'cause she just took Miami Heat star Chris Bosh to the hole ... slamming him for filing a lawsuit against her.



Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife was at LAX when she blasted Bosh -- claiming he "must like wasting money on attorneys." The Heat power forward recently sued Shaunie over her reality show "Basketball Wives."

Shaunie executive produces the show -- and Bosh is trying to block his baby mama, Allison Mathis, from joining the cast.

Shaunie claims Allison was never going to be on the show, but sources close to the production tell us Allison was only cut after Bosh unleashed his legal pit bulls.

Basketball Fan
06-16-2011, 12:57 PM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-chris-bosh-lawsuit-0615-20110614,0,2561581.story?track=rss


Heat's Chris Bosh sued by the mother of his child
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By Josh Robbins

Orlando Sentinel

7:35 p.m. EDT, June 14, 2011
ORLANDO — The mother of Chris Bosh's child is suing the Miami Heat star, alleging that Bosh prevented her from appearing on the reality show "Basketball Wives."

Allison Mathis, Bosh's ex-girlfriend, claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in Orange County Circuit Court that Bosh "intentionally, knowingly, maliciously and without justification interfered" in her employment, prompting the television show's production company to fire her.

In early May, Bosh sued Mathis and Shed Media, the show's production company, alleging that they were trying to exploit her former relationship with Bosh for "commercial gain."

Jane E. Carey, Mathis' attorney, released a statement that read: "Ms. Mathis was employed to appear on this season of the reality TV series "Basketball Wives." Chris Bosh is using his vast money and all of the power that comes from his wealth and celebrity to silence her."


C. Anthony Mulrain, one of Bosh's attorneys, said he had not seen the lawsuit that was filed on Mathis' behalf on Monday.

"I'm in no position to comment until I see the papers," Mulrain said.

Shade
06-16-2011, 02:34 PM
This is exactly what I'm talking about when I talk about tying up the legal system. These two need to get a grip.