Shawne Williams, a Pennsylvania native, left the University of Memphis after his freshman year and was signed this year by the Indiana Pacers. The 6-foot-9 rookie, reportedly being paid nearly $1.4 million this year, has yet to play a regular season game.
La Mondue says in the suit that he gave Shawne Williams more than $9,700 in hotel rooms, airfare and 2 1/2 years' worth of cell phone service. The rest was provided mostly in Western Union cash transfers, the suit says.
Walters, who signed on as Shawne Williams' agent in May when he was drafted, said the suit contains "a lot of wrong information."
"From what I understand from both parties, there's nothing there," he said by phone. "You get this all the time with athletes."
When asked whether his client received anything from La Mondue, Walters replied: "He did not, as far as I know. Unequivocally, he did not
Bob Winn, Memphis' assistant athletic director for external affairs, said he planned to take the lawsuit to the school's attorney. "It certainly catches us off guard," he said.
He said the school instructs athletes upon arrival about the NCAA rules regarding gifts. He said the school works "to make sure we cover those areas very explicitly." Student-athletes sign documents saying they will follow the rules, he added.