It’s the Summer of Law for the NFL, and the latest piece of legal news relates to a fascinating case that somehow has remained off the radar screen for more than a year.
Redskins tight end Fred Davis was sued in early 2011 by Makini Chaka, a 33-year-old self-described “celebrity broker,” who says she organizes parties for famous people. Luke Mullins of the Washingtonian tells the story of the litigation and its various twists and turns, including the fact that Davis has been acting as his own lawyer.
And it shows.
“It’s just all made up and flagellant,” Davis told the judge during an April 10 hearing.
Chaka, who also is representing herself, claims Davis dumped juice on her head and busted her lip at a D.C. nightclub. She also has accused Davis in court documents of assaulting, harassing, and threatening to kill her. Chaka obtained a temporary restraining order in January 2011, which she has since claimed Davis violated.
The court proceedings have included Davis accusing Chaka of procuring prostitutes, an allegation Chaka has denied. The April hearing featured an exchange regarding whether Chaka has her hand on a man’s genitals in a photograph.
Davis: “As it shows, you also have your hand on his genitals. I mean why would you take a picture like that?”
Chaka: “I do not. Let’s look closely at the exhibit right here, Judge. Where is my hand placed in this exhibit?”
Judge: “I do not answer questions. . . . The witness does.”
Chaka: “Can you tell me where my hand is actually at in this photo?”
Davis: “It looks like it’s in the genitals to me. I mean your hands are on his genitals. Your hand is on his –”
It’s unclear why Davis, who signed a one-year franchise tender earlier this year with the Redskins, doesn’t have a lawyer. Though it may not be the smartest move Davis ever made, it’s sure to provide even more entertainment as the litigation continues to unfold.
Trial is set for March 11, 2013. Here’s hoping that one of the litigants requests a change of venue to the courtroom of Judge Sapp.