Just yesterday, Ray Allen's lawyer explained to TMZ Sports that the man pretending to be women that the former NBA superstar spoke with online is "troubled" and that the individual's catfishing scheme was nothing more than an extortion attempt. That's precisely why the two-time NBA champion requested a restraining order against the man and filed legal documents in court to ensure his alleged catfisher doesn't leak any of his private information.
Well, that's Allen's side of the story. Later on Tuesday, Bryant Coleman, the man accused of orchestrating the catfishing scheme, told TMZ Sports that he wasn't catfishing the retired NBA star at all. Instead, Coleman alleges that he and Allen were involved in a gay relationship — something that the former shooting guard and his lawyer deny.
Coleman claims to have been involved with Allen in a relationship that dates back several years.
"[Ray's] account of our relationship is false," Coleman, a staffer in the communications department at the University of Central Florida, told TMZ. "Ray knows how I look, he knows how my voice sounds, he knows how I think, and most importantly, he knows my heart. However, because of confidentially considerations, I am not in a position to provide a more detailed response to Mr. Allen's false and salacious claims. I will rely on the courts to protect me against Mr. Allen's violent threats and false accusations."
Coleman requested a restraining order against Allen, and it was granted.
Allen's lawyer denies Coleman's story, altogether.
"Mr. Coleman’s statement would be funny if it wasn’t so crazy," David Oscar Markus told TMZ. "There has never been and never will be a relationship or friendship between Ray Allen and Mr. Coleman. They have never met and never have spoken."
He added: "Ray obviously hasn’t threatened anyone. Any statement or inference otherwise is a complete fabrication. Ray wants nothing to do with Mr. Coleman, who obviously has some serious issues with understanding the difference between fact and fantasy.”
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