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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  37 responses

Tyreke Evans: Sued

Funny, when Tyreke and teammate Omri Casspi appeared on NBA TV last night, this didn’t get brought up: “Kings guard Tyreke Evans is among four men named in a wrongful death lawsuit in Delaware County in Pennsylvania, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The civil suit was filed by the family of Marcus Reason, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2007. Evans’ cousin, Jamar Evans, was sentenced to 9-20 years after pleading guilty last January to third-degree murder and weapons charges. Jamar Evans was 16 years-old at the time of the shooting. The Inquirer reports the Reason family is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 … Evans said last June he discussed the incident with all the teams he met with before the NBA Draft. ‘I didn’t want to hide nothing from nobody,’ Evans said. ‘I wanted to be straight up because I wanted them to be straight up with me. I just thought I’d let them know the incident did happen.”‘

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  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    AW man hope this isn’t too serious

  • LBJ23

    i’ve thought he was a good guy but now i dont know about him

  • Hussman25

    Ok, being from the area where this occured; I will not get into specifics for respect of Reek, his family and any friends who may read this publication/wwebsite; but this is all about DOE! Reek was cleared of any criminal wrong doing from this incident and the low amount of money being seek by the family is “questionable.” Is 50K really gonna help your standard of living??? His cousin has been the one charged, but is he the one being sued… NO… Y??? Because he is not the one bussin @zz night in and out in the L! I am truly sorry for this families loss, but now trying to collect from this kid and tarnishing his name @ this time is classless and tasteless! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Next story please…

  • tavoris

    @Hussman-that’s EXACTLY what it sounds like to me 2

  • Hussman25

    @Tavoris: It sounds like a shake down that went public… Period!

  • MikeC.

    If Tyreke gets in trouble with David Stern over this, at least the guns in this incident were loaded.

  • tavoris

    @Hussman-the messed up thing is that it’s FAR too prevalent.

  • Hussman25

    There will be nothing that comes from the League office about this… This was def discussed prior to him going to Memphis and the Kings def discussed this w/ him prior to being drafted… U got to understand people, Reek was bottled up; his folks/brothers barely let him out or just hang out in the streets of Chester! Every move of his life was carefully watched… He was at the wrong place @ the wrong time… period; this probably still would have happened regardless of who was behind the wheel… (and thats the real sad part of all this) SMH

  • Ken

    Tyreke was driving the car. It’s not like he’s completely blameless in this.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Wow, just wow… another sad story. I’m not familiar with the case at all but it seems that if you are driving a car and somebody from inside the car you’re driving shoots/kills somebody then some responsibility falls on you. If it was my son, brother, cousin or whatever I’d likely go after both criminal and civil/punitive damages too. I’m not sure how they came up with $50,000 but that does NOT seem like a lot of money for a life. I assume that Tyreke’s story is he didn’t know anything about the gun nor have any idea his cousin was about to shoot anybody – and I have no information to dispute that claim. However, if somebody in your car has drugs etc, and you get pulled over, the cops can hold the driver responsible b/c they should know what’s in the vehicle they are driving etc. So I’m not sure why the same or similar issue would not be true in this case. So… I don’t have any issue with the family suing. I just hope they can find peace (with or without winnng the suit).

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Well, it seems like Tyreke has already tried to get out in front of the issue which is good…it isn’t a surprise. He should just settle quickly and move on. Sad story all around but if he has been cleared of any criminal charges he should just pay the settlement and end it.

  • http://kfj Jukai

    He was driving the car and was cleared of criminal charges? Wow… That’s pretty rare…

  • tavoris

    @Jukai-likely because there was no indication that was involved beyond “being there”. This family is trying to fleece him for money-PERIOD. If he was just a regular student, this case would have never been filed.

  • Hussman25

    @Tavoris: I have to agree we see this situation the same way

  • dfrance21

    @Tavoris “being there” and driving the car are two completely different things. Not saying that he’s not being fleeced, but he holds some responsibility especially since he drove away from the scene.

  • Hussman25

    @dfrance: The police rulled he was unaware of the incident that took place and was not liable or responsible… Next

  • tavoris

    @dfrance-As Hussman said, driving the car doesn’t mean he’s involved. It means he was driving the car.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    I think hussman and tavoris both live in wonder”fu(king”land…shakedown?! the man was the DRIVER in a DRIVE BY assassination and your sayin wrong place @ the wrong time?!!??GTFOH

  • tavoris

    @Sporting-that would be valid-but, if he was found responsible in any way, he would have been charged. This isn’t a situation where he was charged, then dropped. Nor is it a situation where he was charged & acquitted. HE WAS NEVER CHARGED. The State of PA found no season to think he was involved, so I don’t think he was involved either. In case you don’t know, being in the presence of a criminal when a crime occurs doesn’t mean YOU KNEW IT WAS GONNA HAPPEN. If that was the case, there would be very few people who’d make it out of adolescence without a criminal record.

  • Hussman25

    To piggy back on my man tavoris @ Sporting: The cousin/shooter stated his cousin/the driver in question had no prior knowledge into the incident which took place and all blame for the incident was entirely his fault/problem… The state would have to show “beyond a reasonable doubt” his involvment was tied into the shooting… The police couldnt find wrong doing, Reek spoke to the cops constantly for days after the incident and his family man’d up and took ownership for his actions… Nothing else really to prove… If this goes to civil court they will throw this out… TRUST ME!

  • Monday Night Live

    I dont have enough facts to determine if Reke was at fault or not but trust me if he was not a well known highschool basketball star at the time, he would be in a helluva alotmore trouble than he is.( If I was in that situation I know for a fact I would be S.O.L)

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    I’m a Sacramento fan, and a Tyreke fan, too, but I need to know more about this. If the guy actually knew they were rolling up on someone to take their life and took part in it voluntarily, then I figure the guy is an unrepentant murderer and I can’t be down with that. I’ll wait to find out more because maybe he didn’t know what was up when it happened, but right now I’m kind of pi&&ed off.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    It’s hard to believe the driver in a drive by had no idea what was going on. After the shooting happened he drove off – fleeing the scene of a crime. His cousin took the heat for it, which after you already know you’re caught probably figured that why get my cousin who’s on his way to millions in trouble when ‘just one of us can go down’. If you have the shooter in a drive-by willing to take 100% of the heat it’s hard to prove anything more in a criminal court. However, the standard of proof is very different in a civil court case where you only have to prove proponderence of the evidence versus reasonable doubt. Because of this different standaard, Tyreke could easily end-up on the loosing side of the case.

  • tavoris

    @Monday Night-if he had any culpability at all (guilt notwithstanding), he woulda been locked up-BECAUSE he was a basketball star. See Allen Iverson circa 1993 if you need historical evidence.

  • tavoris

    NUPE-if he didn’t cooperate with the authorities AND proactively address this with Sac & the U of Memphis, then I’d be inclined to agree with you. However, he’s been forthcoming all along. The man has nothing to hide-and nothing to worry about. He’ll prolly settle it before trial (any agent worth his check probably has already written the contract), and the fleecers will go on with their little-bit-O’money

  • Hussman25

    @Tavoris: the only reason I wouldn’t send them any doe is, to me, it would feel like I am showing guilt… For this just to go away, maybe it is best to CTC and go on… that 50,000 will go to sneakers, clothes or something STUPID ANYWAY! Also ur point about the Allen Iverson case I totally agree… There are certain papers in philly (which will go nameless… SIKE! The Delco Times especially) who were rather critical of him during this period to the extent they were banned from his announcment of him going to Memphis (which I thought was HILARIOUS!) They would have put out a witchhunt on reek and the county D.A. would have gone “999″ on that @zz!

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    co-sign tavoris @ 5:09

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Oh…and I would also flee the scene of a shooting committed by a passenger in my vehicle, especially if I had no knowledge it was to happen…I’m definitely not going to stop and see if the dude who was shot was okay…I would be getting out of there as fast as I could and I would shove my friend out of the car at the first safe corner. I would be pissed…and scared…certainly not inclined to wait for the police or worse, the return fire from whomever was shot. Sad and tragic but Tyreke did what most people do in a scary situation…he ran. Who, really, would not? Honestly?

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Guys, it’s important to note: in criminal law, you must show guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In civil court, you just need “preponderance of the evidence” which, to put it plainly, just means “more than 50% certain.”
    As I said, I’M VERY surprised Reke got off scotch free during this whole incident. Even if he had no idea he was involved in anything like this, it’s very hard to prove you were duped. If Reke was smart, he would just settle with the family, give them the 50,000 dollars, and make this situation go away. If he is found guilty in civil court, that’s a shadow over Reke that he doesn’t want.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    co-sign Jukai…WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Jukai…what do you do for a living? If you are a lawyer, I might need to hire you on retainer, ’cause your assessment on this is about as perfect as it can be. JUST SETTLE OUT OF COURT, DUDE.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    you´ll have good points, not sayin he knew, BUT, from what ive heard, hes very close to all his brothers and cousins so READ WHAT NUPE SAID!!!why would his cousin not take the fall when he(reke) had a great chance of earning millions playin ball?

  • DDB

    Hussman….it’s crazy in the city. Just wrong place at the wrong time. That could happen to anybody in Chester.

    This is just people looking for a pay day. $50K is a joke at that!

  • md33

    If it were me I would never settle the thing, I don’t care what the possibility of losing it might be, and whatever resultant image problems may result. Dude was never even charged with a crime, and I’m inclined to believe him when he says he knew nothing about it. So I wouldn’t care what the outcome was, I wouldn’t let this people try to fleece me years later just because I now have the money and it would be a wise legal decision to settle it.

  • tavoris

    The smart thing would be to settle…no need to bring up old news on a National stage (and have to explain urself all over again). @md33-the way it works in civil court is a jury can add “punitive” damages on top of the award the family is seeking…those punitive damages really have no limit. As Jukai said, they don’t have to prove much to win. As long as he was there, didn’t prevent the crime, and has money-they will get paid.

  • Hussman25

    @DDB: U know I know! “Tha City” is wild…Outsiders dont know how reckless it is there… if u are not recognized or known there.. u can def get it! Not only that but the youngins there are wilder than ever… Sad really for such a small town! @ Tavoris: too late; this thing is gaining steam in philly; now on the websites of some of the major news channels… It states he is among 4 being sued, but out of them 4, who is really gonna cough up 50,000!

  • DROCK

    I just wish so many black athletes would stop committing crimes…does anyone agree?

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