Har­lem All-Stars basketball player loses in Su­pe­rior Court

In­jured vol­un­teer op­po­nent in 2015 New­town char­ity game

The News-Times - - FROM THE FRONT PAGE - By Daniel Tepfer

Af­ter play­ing basketball around the coun­try, Kevin “Show­boat” Jack­son found the one court where he couldn’t ex­cel.

On Fri­day, a Su­pe­rior Court judge in Bridge­port or­dered the mas­ter of the basketball trick shot to pay more than $25,000 for dump­ing a vol­un­teer op­po­nent on his head dur­ing a char­ity basketball game in New­town in 2015.

Jack­son, the star of the Har­lem All Stars, did not re­turn calls for com­ment.

The vol­un­teer, Jeremy Stein, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Con­necti­cut Against Gun Vi­o­lence, said he had not seen the judge’s de­ci­sion and could not com­ment on it. de­fen­dant Kevin Jack­son is legally re­spon­si­ble for Jeremy Stein’s in­juries. Stein had no ex­pec­ta­tion that he would be picked up and spun around. No one warned Stein that he would be part of a phys­i­cal en­counter that in­volved his be­ing picked up and spun around up­side down un­til he be­came dizzy,” the judge ruled.

Dur­ing the trial Jack­son, who rep­re­sented him­self, told the judge he has per­formed the same an­tics dur­ing the hun­dreds of games he does with the team and no one else ever got hurt or sued him.

“I’m a good show­man, a trick­ster,” he tes­ti­fied. “I go in to do a show to en­ter­tain peo­ple, to make them laugh. Does ev­ery­thing go as planned? No, some­times things hap­pen but it’s not in­ten­tional. I didn’t in­ten­tion­ally want to drop him (Stein) and I hope he makes a full re­cov­ery, but I can’t stop from putting smiles on kids’ faces.”

Con­trib­uted photo

Kevin "Show­boat" Jack­son at a school ex­hibit of basketball dex­ter­ity.

Ned Ger­ard / Hearst Con­necti­cut Media

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