By SUN WIRE SERVICES - 28th January 2010
HOUSTON -- Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith made a last-minute payment to a Houston attorney on Wednesday before his team's game against the Rockets to stall a lawsuit filed against him.
Smith was named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Harris District Court by high-profile lawyer Rusty Hardin, a Rockets' season ticket holder. Hardin is best known for representing pitcher Roger Clemens in his legal battle with former trainer Brian McNamee.
Hardin was hired to represent Smith in 2006, after Smith was accused of breaking a player's jaw in a pickup game at a Houston recreation centre. That case was settled, but Hardin's lawsuit claims Smith failed to pay $22,753.51 US in legal fees.
Dale Jefferson, Hardin's attorney, had threatened to serve Smith with legal papers before Wednesday's game at the Toyota Center. Smith paid a chunk of the fees less than two hours before tipoff, prompting Hardin to call off the process server. Smith has 30 days to pay the rest.
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Tardy Smith stalls lawsuit