History and Memorable Cases in Sports Law

In modern society, the law has become as much a normal sight in sports as the athletes themselves. It’s a way to regulate the sports and make sure all events, players, managers, and owners are being fair and just. There have been numerous cases that have left a lasting impact on the sports community, but we have described a few of the most prominent.

In 2003 Kobe Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting Katelyn Faber in Eagle, Colorado. Bryant agreed to take a lie detector test and submit to a rape kit. Bryant willingly returned to Eagle from Los Angeles after a warrant for his arrest was issued. If Bryant was convicted he could possibility have faced life in prison. Bryant denied the allegations and said that the sex was consensual. In September 2004 the case was dismissed when Katelyn refused to testify in court. Perhaps the most difficult part of this case was the fact that Kobe Bryant was married during this time. His wife was seen crying in court as Bryant admitted to have consensual sex with the accuser.

The USFL sued the NFL in an antitrust case in 1985 by claiming that the NFL was an established monopoly. Ultimately, the USFL won the case, but were not rewarded the $567 million they sought for damages. The NFL was forced to pay the USFL $3.76 in 1990, three years after the USFL had disbanded.

In 2008 Plaxico Burress accidently shot himself in the leg at a night club. New York police learned of the incident on TV after the hospital Burress attended failed to notify them. Burress faced charges of criminal possession of a handgun. Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City, stated that Burress should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Plaxico Burress was indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and a single charge of reckless endangerment in the second degree. As a result, Burress was sentenced to two years in prison after accepting a plea deal.