Sometime in 2010, former NBA and AND-1 star Rafer Alston happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. That place was the Perfection Gentleman’s Club in New York.
Obviously, Alston was there to have a good time when his friends suddenly got involved in a fight that broke out inside the club. A year later, the NBA veteran was sued for allegedly assaulting a fellow patron of the club that night named Erick Franceschini.
After the trial, Alston’s name was eventually cleared from the charges due to a lack of evidence and the complainant’s sudden unwillingness to push through with the case.
Alston didn’t do anything
Roughly eleven years later, Alston gladly, and vividly looked back at the incident. As expected, not one bit has changed in “Skip 2 My Lou’s” stance on the subject and reiterated that he never touched not even a single strand of Franceschini’s hair.
“Oh God!... I love this one… [Franceschini sued me] Right. And he got nothing,” Alston told Vlad TV last year. “And it kind of found out I never hit him in the head. I don’t even know the dude. He got into it with some friends of mine right inside the club. When he got into with them dudes, I immediately went outside to my car. That was the end of it… I leave. I just leave like ‘let me get out of here.’ And my friends knew I was leaving. I don’t even know until the next day that they still was fighting outside.”
A “money move”
We don’t exactly know how much money Alston made during his AND-1 mixtape tour days, but in his 10-year NBA career, he is believed to have made more than $28 million in earnings.
With that in mind, Alston is pretty certain Franceschini just decided to press charges in the hope of making some money out of him.
“It was a money move for him that he was going to say Rafer Alston beat me up and hit me in the head with a bottle,” he reckoned. “The problem with a lot of these people is, you gotta answer to these accusations at some point. When you go to trial, when you go to court, you gotta show proof. And the man don’t even come and show up [like] just forget about it.”
Alston had to pay
Indeed, Alston won the case. However, it was a bit bittersweet because even though it was bogus, he had to pay for a lawyer.
“You got to pay to defend yourself,” he pointed out. “So this is the only part I’m mad at… it cost me 15 to 20 grand to get a lawyer, the top flight lawyer in New York City…for him to go say ‘Oh yeah don’t worry about it. You ain’t gonna come back to court no more; it’s over with.’”
Alston was not the kindest guy in the sport. In fact, he even infamously slapped Eddie House in the head during an NBA Playoff game back in 2009.
However, one thing nice about Alston is that he’d stand by the truth, especially if he never did anybody wrong. Even if it costs him some money.