Former NBA Ref Attacks Dominique Wilkins

2 Apr

Rashan Michel's Fulton County mug shot

The former NBA referee who confronted TV analyst and former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins over unpaid custom clothes owes money himself, court documents show.

Rashan S. Michel was charged with misdemeanor assault after he fought with Wilkins, claiming he owes $12,500 for custom clothing. Michel has also sued Wilkins in Fulton County State Court.

Court documents show Michael himself was sued in Fulton County Magistrate Court in 2010 for $15,000, including $12,000 in unpaid rent for commercial real estate space on Edgewood Avenue.

Michel signed a lease to rent 487 Edgewood Avenue, court documents, including a writ of possession filed in July 2010, say.

Michel owes $12,000 in unpaid rent as well as $3,000 for damages and attorneys fees.

Michel countersued for $20,000, but the suit was tossed out because it was filed after the legal deadline.

Michael’s suit against Wilkins was filed last April. In it, he claims the former player owed him money for clothes that Wilkins allegedly purchased from his business, Rashan Michel Custom Clothier. The business was dissolved in 2008, according to Georgia Secretary of State records.

The lawsuit is for suits and custom clothes that Wilkins apparently bought but did not pay for, court documents show. Wilkins is said to have bought the clothes between Jan. 1 and May 1, 2009, according to court documents.

Michel is asking for $9,000 for the suits as well as an additional 20 percent — or $1,800 — for a the unpaid balance.

He also wants Wilkins to pay for attorneys fees, court costs and interest that has accrued since that time, court documents show.

Michel was taken to Fulton County Jail after he was charged with two counts of simple battery, accused of assaulting Wilkins and a Philips Arena security guard after Wednesday’s game with the Orlando Magic at Philips Arena. Michel was released from jail on $1,000 bond early Thursday. No court date has been set.

On Thursday, Michel tried to explain his actions at Philips Arena in a local radio interview and on his Twitter account.

“I was like, ‘Let’s handle this like men, work out a payment plan,'” Michel said on the Frank and Wanda Morning Show on V-103.

“I call what happened at Philips Arena earlier, Operation Repo. … Next time have my money!” Michel tweeted.

In yet another tweet, this one addressed to Wilkins’ Twitter account (DWilkins21), Michel wrote, “Pay your debts, poser.”

Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said the team has instructed Wilkins not to comment.

Wilkins also is a Hawks vice president who, according to the team’s media guide, is responsible for “advising senior management on basketball-related issues and working as a strong voice in the community.”

The incident took place near the Phillips Arena floor once Wilkins finished his broadcasting duties following the Hawks’ game against the Orlando Magic.

Police said Michel made his way to the arena floor and confronted Wilkins along press row. Officer Kim Jones, an Atlanta police spokeswoman, said Michel hit Wilkins in the chest. posted a low-quality video footage that begins after the incident had escalated and appears to show Wilkins throwing a punch as security personnel try to break up the scuffle.

Sekou Smith of tweeted that Wilkins got in three solid punches during the brief fight, while his assailant landed none.

“A scuffle ensued, and we’re not real clear on what happened,” APD spokesman Carlos Campos said.
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