Bernie Lee, a basketball agent who has been featured on this blog in the past, is now the defendant in a pending lawsuit. On November 15, the Complaint in the case of Ashley Merritt v. Bernie Lee was filed in a circuit court in the state of Wisconsin (full Complaint is attached at the bottom of this post).
Ashley Merritt is Scott Merritt’s wife. Scott Merritt is a professional basketball player who currently plays for Link Tochigi Brex in the Japan Basketball League (JBL). Ashley claims that she and Lee had an oral agreement to act jointly to negotiate Scott’s professional contract for the 2010-2011 season (I assume it is 2011, as the attorney who drafted the Complaint wrote “2100”), and split the agent commissions 50/50.
Lee received a commission of $13,700 from the JBL team. Ashley Merritt now wants half of that, or $6,850 to be exact. The four states causes of action are: breach of contract, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment, and intentional misrepresentation.
I don’t think Ashley Merritt has even the slimmest chance of winning this. My favorite is the third cause of action for unjust enrichment. Good luck to Ms. Merritt in proving that she conferred a benefit on Bernie Lee by “assisting with contract negotiations.” I would love to know what that benefit entailed. And better yet, Scott Merritt has no free will. Ashley Merritt “brought her husband, as a client” to Bernie Lee. Quite the runner/handler we have here. Are we sure that she is not somehow connected to the Cameron Newton drama?