Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  15 responses

Cabbie Awarded $10K Following Lakers Riot

The man who watched his cab get burned by Laker fans following Game 7 of the NBA Finals, received a check from insurance giant AEG. The AP reports: “The apologetic president and CEO of Staples Center owner AEG on Monday gave a $10,000 check to a cabbie whose taxi was burned by a mob when violence erupted near the arena after the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship last week. ‘On behalf of all the knuckleheads, we apologize and hopefully that helps you get on your feet a little bit,’ Tim Leiweke told Abraham Teferi during the presentation at AEG offices. Teferi, a 41-year-old Ethiopian immigrant with limited English, said the attackers shook his cab to try to turn it over. ‘I was thinking they can kill me. That’s all I was thinking. They burned the car,’ said Teferi, who has been in the United States for nine years and has been a taxi driver for seven years. Leiweke said the taxi was covered by the cab company’s insurance, so AEG decided to give the money to Teferi. ‘I was more concerned about Abraham because he doesn’t have insurance to pay for his food and his house and his livelihood,’ Leiweke said. ‘We’re asking everyone to use Abraham as an example of how we can celebrate together without having to go burn things up,’ he added.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    For a second I thought it was the guy named Cabbie (the one who interviews people).

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Me too niQ! The Kobe-Cabbie, Canada stand up!

  • kh

    ^ me three! ahahah Cabbie on the Street.
    $10,000? Nice gesture but is that even enough to replace his cab?

  • ber

    kh, the taxi company’s insurance covered the cab. The $10k is strictly for the driver.

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    Agreed, does $10,000 cover a new car? Not really . . .

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    For what it’s worth, the 10 000 was probably the value of the vehicle after depreciation… just a guess though…

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Didn’t you. Guys even read the blurb from the article? The money was purely for him. The cab company had insurance and was covered already b

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    If you guys READ the article, or even what got posted, you’d know that the car was ensured. The $10,000 was for him personally.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Ay! Ups to Hursty for reading more than just the headline. Come on, before you criticize something, know what you’re saying.

  • ALEX 80

    who gives a f€&k!!!!

  • http://facebook.com/jray2009 Jray

    Cabbie Unlimited= Best show
    Do people in the states even get it?

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  • http://twitter.com/flavaklav Klav

    goodlook @ niQ for sneaking in depreciation. LOL

  • Ronald

    Lang needs to put up an article on English comprehension lessons. And, why the hell would it be neccessary to turn over and burn a cab just because the Lakers won a championship?

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    damn. what kind of damage would LA fans have done if the lakers lost?