Cuttino Mobley Sues Knicks, Claims Team Forced Him To Retire

Thursday November 17th, 2011

Former NBA guard Cuttino Mobley has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against the New York Knicks, according to a report in the New York Post, claiming that the team directed him to doctors they knew would not allow him to play with a pre-existing heart condition.

Mobley claims that he has been aware of his condition -- a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- from 1999, and that every previous team he had played for he simply required that he sign a waiver.  The Knicks, according to the lawsuit, sent Mobley to two cardiologists who were, per the lawsuit as quoted in the Post story, "both well-known opponents of allowing players with HCM to play." According to the lawsuit, the Knicks did this to save $19 million and help their salary cap situation. The Knicks, according to the Post, "strongly denied the claims."

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