Former NBA star Ray Allen claims in a legal filing in Florida that he is the victim of a so-called “catfishing” scheme and asks that an Orange County court throw out a case in which a man accuses Allen of stalking him.
According to The Associated Press, the 10-time NBA All-Star filed an emergency motion Tuesday, a day after Bryant Coleman told the court he is being stalked by Allen.
The motion (via TMZ.com) seeks to prevent Coleman, who Allen accuses of portraying himself online as "a number of attractive women," from leaking "private information" Allen shared with him in "various online forums."
"Ray Allen was the victim of an online scheme to extract money and embarrass him by someone who appears to be troubled," Allen's attorney, David Oscar Markus, told TMZ.com.
Allen claims in the court documents that Coleman threatened to reveal details of their online interactions, The AP reported, and the two eventually "struck a deal to keep everything private."
However, Allen claims that Coleman has continued to harass him and his family via social media and asks the court to stop what the former NBA star's motion describes as "cyber-stalking."
Allen, 42, last played in the NBA in 2014. He was part of championship teams with the Celtics (2008) and Heat (2013). According to The AP, he and his family live in the Miami area.