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NBA Star’s Father Sued for Alleged Breach of Non-Compete


Posted on Jan 01, 2016

Ronnie Chalmers’ former business partner slapped him with a breach of non-compete lawsuit recently. Ronnie Chalmers, the father of Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, was allegedly in business with David Sugarman of Miami, Florida. According to Sugarman’s lawsuit, Chalmers signed an agreement to become a partner of Sugarman’s in his Sugartime The Sports Agency business.

In Sugarman’s complaint, he accuses Ronnie Chalmers of several actions, including the following:

  • Stealing company documents
  • “Bad-mouthing” him to potential clients
  • Failing to live up to his agreed-upon financial obligations

Chalmers allegedly resigned from his role with the company on April 17. Thereafter, Sugarman accuses him of immediately starting to talk to potential recruits. Sugarman asserts that this contact was done in violation of the non-compete agreement between the parties. Sugarman further notes that Chalmers attempted to recruit his son, a professional basketball player with the National Basketball Association. He also allegedly attempted to recruit the following players for the purposes of representation:

  • C.J. Leslie
  • Willie Cauley-Stein
  • Ben McLemore
  • Travis Releford
  • Elijah Johnson
  • Kyle Fuller
  • Brandon Davies
  • Jamel Carpenter

Sugarman filed his lawsuit on May 21. He accuses Chalmers of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and defamation. He also seeks an injunction barring Ronnie Chalmers from violating the non-compete agreement. Sugarman states in his lawsuit that he is owed $19,640.

Breach of non-compete agreement matters in New York are subject to a statute of limitations. Contact a New York non-compete attorney today at (888) 497-3410 for more information about this and other business litigation matters.

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