DailyMail Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley reportedly reached a settlement to buy the silence of a woman who accused him of sexual assault when he was a member of the Boston Celtics during last season’s NBA playoffs. According to a TMZ report, Bradley sexually assaulted his accuser while she was unconscious after a night of drinking. The alleged incident occurred in Cleveland last May when Bradley’s Celtics were facing the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Bradley denies the accusations and only agreed to the deal to suppress false claims, according to his attorney. Negotiations between the two reportedly hit the $400k mark at one point, but the final figure has not been revealed. ‘Mr. Bradley absolutely denies having engaged in wrongdoing whatsoever,’ attorney Brian Wolf told TMZ. ‘The confidentiality agreement specifically refutes and denies the validity of all allegations of any wrongful conduct by Mr. Bradley. The sole purpose of the agreement was to protect the reputation and privacy of Mr. Bradley and his family.’ Bradley, 27, could sue over a breach of contract, but that might result in the accusations being publicized in detail during a trial. ‘In a confidential contract,’ tweeted Sports Illustrated Legal Analyst Michael McCann, ‘Avery Bradley paid a woman to not share her allegation–which he denies–that Bradley assaulted her while she was passed out. TMZ learned of the contract. Bradley may be able to sue for contract breach but that would lead to scrutiny of the allegation.’
This is why, when you are getting blackmailed, you never pay the hush money. Last spring, when the Boston Celtics were facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs, an Ohio woman accused then Celtics guard Avery Bradley with sexual assault. The woman was passed out drunk after a night of drinking, and claims that Avery Bradley took advantage of her while she was unconscious, so she threatened to make the allegations public unless Bradley paid her off. Bradley strongly denies the woman’s allegations, but decided to pay the woman off, instead of facing public embarrassment and potential damage to his career. Despite the fact that the woman received a large sum of money from Bradley to keep quiet, the woman has now made the allegations public, and Bradley and his lawyers are considering suing her for breach of contract to recoup the funds the woman received as hush money. What a mess. If Bradley was not guilty of the heinous alleged crimes, you have to wonder why he paid the woman off to keep quiet, because many athletes have been falsely accused by gold digging women over recent years. Although it does not paint the athlete in the best light, and may damage their career, the public now understands that false accusations by gold diggers do happen. This is why you never pay the accuser hush money, often times they talk anyway, and you end up wrongfully convicted in the court of public opinion sooner or later. However, if Avery Bradley truly is guilty and took advantage of a woman who was passed out drunk, he needs to be prosecuted for his actions.
Despite Avery Bradley paying his accuser hush money to cover up these allegations, they have now come to light anyway and may damage his career, Bradley is a free agent next summer and these allegations will hurt him when he is trying to negotiate his next contract.