Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley has filed a lawsuit against his former agent, Joel Bell, and his former AAU coach, Curtis Malone, according to an article by Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda of the Washington Post.
Beasley's suit alleges that Malone and Bell conspired to provide benefits to Beasley and his mother, Fatima Smith, during Beasley's days with Malone's DC Assault 17 and under basketball team, with the ultimate goal of steering Beasley to choose Bell as his agent when he became a top prospect in the NBA Draft.
According to the Post article, Bell and his attorney declined to comment, while Malone's attorney denies the allegations. Beasley's attorney, Mark A. Smith, declined to provide Prisbell and Yanda with documentary evidence, instead telling them, "I am confident that, should this matter go to trial, I will have sufficient testimonial and documentary proof of the allegations made in the counterclaim. . . ." Beasley's suit is in part a countersuit against Bell, whose Bell Sports Inc. sued him for breach of contract in January.