Just when you think the NBA can’t top itself in terms of wild stories, here comes Udonis Haslem.
The veteran Miami Heat forward is seeking “hundreds of thousands or more in lost income” in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday alleging that a veterinarian castrated his show dog without permission.
In the complaint, first reported by the Miami Herald, Haslem alleges that when he took his “show dog quality” Cane Corso named Juice to LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., veterinarian Marcus Uris surgically removed the rope — and then neutered the good boy for no apparent reason.
“The castration of Juice was done without consent and medical necessity and would constitute the tort of battery if it had been performed on a human,” the lawsuit said. Haslem’s complaint, seeking considerable damages, names Uris and the hospital’s parent company, Murbur, Inc., as defendants.
Haslem’s lawsuit said the castration made Juice “too tame” and nullified the $30,000 he had spent to train him as a watch dog for his family and home while he was fulfilling his duties as an NBA player. The complaint also said Haslem was planning to breed the dog and “stud Juice out” to other breeders.
“Semen for a top show dog is commonly collected every other day,” said the eight-page lawsuit filed in Broward County. “Some of the top males are in such demand, semen is collected from them daily.”
The lawsuit does not specify the total monetary claim Haslem is seeking. The complaint argues that semen samples worth up to $10,000 each could have been collected daily for as many as seven years, which would have made Juice’s good boys worth $25,550,000 — and that doesn’t even include the $5,000 per puppy that the lawsuit claims Haslem could have accrued by breeding the dog himself.
Mostly, you just feel for Juice, who was not only castrated, but lost out on a lifetime of studding.
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