Retired National Basketball Association (NBA) star Ray Allen says he is a victim of “catfishing,” or the use of social networking identities for deceptive purposes.
Allen on Tuesday filed an emergency motion in Orange County, Florida making the claim while asking the court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online.
The former NBA player said Bryant Coleman is the one stalking him a day after the latter leveled a similar charge against Allen in the court.
“Coleman pretended to be a number of attractive women interested in Ray Allen,” the motion filed on the athlete’s behalf reads.
“Ray believed he was speaking with these women and communicated with them,” the document adds.
Allen’s attorney released a statement saying that he took legal action in an effort to stop the threats against him and his family.
David Oskar Markus added that Allen was the victim “of an online scheme to extract money and embarrass him by someone who appears to be troubled.”
Allen said in Tuesday’s filing that Coleman threatened to reveal details of their discussions, adding that both men ultimately agreed on a pact to keep their talks private.
The basketball player argued that the deal had been broken, however, alleging that Coleman had continued bothering him and his family via several social media profiles.
“[Coleman] posted about Ray’s wife, Ray’s children, Ray’s dog, Ray’s homes, Ray’s wife’s restaurant, and numerous other personal items,” the motion says.
“Coleman not only posted about these things, he would actually post while physically located inside Ray’s wife’s restaurant in Orlando,” it adds. “And he would make sure they knew it, tagging Ray and his wife on those posts.”
Allen, who is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made, requested that the court halt Coleman from “cyber-stalking” him.
Allen last appeared in the NBA in 2014, and he and his family have lived in the Miami area since he exited the league.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.