Originally published October 27, 2011 at 02:32p.m., updated October 27, 2011 at 05:25p.m.

Michael Beasley suit alleges improper benefits at K-State


Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley is accusing his former agent and an AAU coach of conspiring to forge a relationship with him from the age of 14 and giving his mother improper cash benefits while Beasley starred at Kansas State, all in an effort to land the basketball prodigy as a client.

Beasley laid out the allegations in a lawsuit filed in Maryland a month ago in response to agent Joel Bell's wrongful termination lawsuit against him. Beasley said Bell gave his mother living expenses when he went to school there, which would likely violate NCAA rules and federal regulations governing sports agents.

The Associated Press left messages for attorneys representing Beasley and Bell seeking comment. Both an attorney for AAU coach Curtis Malone and Malone himself vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

"The allegations of impropriety against Mr. Malone are baseless as a matter of law and he denies them," attorney Bill Heyman said.

A Kansas State spokesman wrote in an email to The AP that the school is aware of the lawsuit "but at this time we have no further information on which to comment." The allegations were first reported by The Washington Post.

The lawsuit states that Beasley grew up in a poor, single-parent household in the Washington, D.C., area and often struggled with behavioral and academic issues, which led to him attending six high schools in five years. But he also quickly grew into one of the most promising schoolboy players in the country, teaming up with friend Kevin Durant on a formidable AAU team.

When that team folded, Malone invited Beasley to join his D.C. Assault team. The lawsuit said that Beasley's mother, Fatima Smith, did not have the money to pay for her son to play. But Malone told Smith that adidas sponsored his team and she would not have to pay for Beasley to join or any trips being taken.

Malone and Beasley developed a close relationship, with the coach taking the player into his home to let him live with him for five years before college, the lawsuit says.

All the while, the lawsuit alleges, Bell was giving Malone's team financial support in the hopes that Malone would steer his best players to the agent for representation if they ever needed it. When Smith needed legal representation for driving with a suspended license in 2003, she said Malone connected her with Bell, who met with the two of them and then handed Malone an envelope filled with $2,500 in cash to give to Smith.

"DC Assault has always been more than just basketball to me and the children that participate are family," Malone said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. "My goal when creating DC Assault was to provide these children an opportunity to do something better with their lives on and off the court and that still is the case. I believe this case will ultimately be thrown out of court, because its premise is baseless. This will not stop me from continuing the mission of the DC Assault."

Beasley headed to Kansas State in 2007, where Smith alleges that Bell called her to inquire about her rent and car payments and "told her they would be taken care of, and they were. Ms. Smith never made a rent or car payment entire freshman year as a player at Kansas State," the lawsuit said.

Beasley was unaware of the financial help his mother was receiving and did not become aware of it until after he signed a contract to be represented by Bell, the lawsuit states.

Beasley was drafted second overall by the Miami Heat in 2008 and didn't find out about his mother allegedly receiving money from Bell and Malone until about three months later. The lawsuit said Beasley felt "betrayed" by the men and immediately fired Bell. He later hired a new agent, signed his contract with the Heat and inked an endorsement deal with adidas, one that Bell claims was nearly identical to the deal he had set up for Beasley before he was fired.

Bell claims Beasley fired him to avoid paying the commission on the deal and he filed suit for wrongful termination in January.


jayhawk1996 10 years, 8 months ago

K-State fans will if the NCAA has them vacate victories from the 2007-08 season, including the "epic" win at the Octagon of Doom.

John Boyle 10 years, 8 months ago

won't happen. they aren't a big enough program for the NCAA to care about.

texashawk10 10 years, 8 months ago

KSU will end up with a couple of years of probation and lose a couple of scholarships at worst. If they vacate the wins from 2007-08, it'll be because KSU voluntarily does so and not NCAA punishment.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 8 months ago

If the wins are vacated will all DVD sales be refunded?

STLJHawk86 10 years, 8 months ago

And if wins are vacated will fans sue - like the fans at Memphis did over the Calipari and Rose's shenanigans.

middleoftheroader 10 years, 8 months ago

This is probably the zillionth case of a sleazy slimy sports agent using his money power and influence on an athlete and his family and I'm sure when most of these athletes begin to mature they realize at some point they probably are being used but they dont particularly care because they and their family are receiving many benefits and so the 'using' begins to go both ways. This kind of thing has happened since colleges began playing sports and always will exist. There is nothing morally or ethically right about it, but there is nothing that can be done to stop it.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 8 months ago

Nothing surprising here... I think we all knew it.

ku11 10 years, 8 months ago

That's for sure! I have been waiting for something like this to surface.

ku11 10 years, 8 months ago

True. But for the KState fans who, since Beasley arrived, are all of a suden "big basketball fans", it serves them right. KState fans would love it if this would happen to KU.

joshar 10 years, 8 months ago

No kidding about the "big basketball fans". Then suddenly, in their own little hearts, they have the greatest basketball coach with Frank Martin.

MOHAWK91 10 years, 8 months ago

The big difference between Auburn/Cam Newton and this case is that the NCAA could find no one that would talk on the record as to what happened with Newton. In this case, they have Beasley himself saying on court records what he got. I am pretty sure the NCAA will punish KSU in some sort of fashion because they don't seem to except ignorance in these cases.

tbbucboy21 10 years, 8 months ago

if this happened at KU it would be huge front page news. It happened at k-state tho...no1 besides western kansas cares about the purple kittens

joshar 10 years, 8 months ago

Looks UConn might be in trouble due to academics and the 2013 tourney might be in jeopardy:

Bion Ostrander 10 years, 8 months ago

Why doesn't he sue his mother also for carrying out the same hidden lies and agenda as his agent/AAU coach, what a bunch of crap! She conspired also, can't have one without the other, not a bright guy....Oh well, good thing with K-State b-ball program, never much to forfeit!!!

Bion Ostrander 10 years, 8 months ago

He should sue the SquarePants right off of SpongeBob!!!!

Damian Glaze 10 years, 8 months ago

What is relevant and should be followed up on, is how was he made eligible to play at K-State if he attended six high schools in five years. We have had at least four cases in the last two years where players can't get eligible to play either by the standards of the conference or the NCAA. I know damn well, every single player at KU that has had problems is much smarter than Beasley (dude can't put a sentence together). That's something our athletic office needs to inquire about because on the surface it seems like KU is the only one having trouble getting these type of players eligible. That's worth investigating.

KGphoto 10 years, 8 months ago

That really is the story. At least that's all I care about it. Good catch.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 8 months ago

It's funny how they always "find out" about these things once they're out of school.

God forbid a KU season ever be forfeited....

Beate Williams 10 years, 8 months ago

Deke, you hit the nail on the head and that's all I could think about once I read he had attended six high schools in five years. He did five years of high school, I thought most high schools were four years to graduate...

I think what is being overlooked is the fact that Beasley didn't initiate this contentions action, it was the agent. If the agent would not have sued him, it never would have come to light because he had not done anything about it.

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