Harlem All-Stars basketball player loses in Superior Court
Injured volunteer opponent in 2015 Newtown charity game
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.”
Kevin "Showboat" Jackson at a school exhibit of basketball dexterity.