Mike Miller, a popular and contributing piece of two Heat championship teams before the team released him in July, is strongly considering filing a lawsuit against the team because he believes the franchise bears some responsibility for him being swindled by a con man, his attorney tells us.
Miller, who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, lost $1.7 million in a scam allegedly orchestrated by Haider Zafar, a South Beach bling king who presented himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family.
According to Miller's complaint that has been drawn up but not yet filed, a Heat employee introduced Miller to Zafar, and Zafar used $700,000 of the money he stole from Miller to pay for courtside Heat tickets.
Settlement talks between Miller and the Heat have stalled. Miller asked for that $700,000 back from the Heat, plus attorney’s fees, but “the parties were far apart,” Miller’s attorney, Andrew Fine, said.
In the potential lawsuit, Miller is seeking a lot more: the entire $1.7 million that he lost in Zafar’s scam.
Sure, many of the unfortunate situations the players find themselves in are not their fault, but why the NBA? You hardly ever hear about something like this happening in the NFL and never in the MLB or NHL. Is it because NBA players' average salary is way more than the other sports? Is it some collective lack of common sense? Are they higher profile because people always see their face or their are just less of them so they stand out more making them easier targets?
Miller is probably a smart guy, but this just adds to the list of "NBA players who lost money."