CHICAGO -- As New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis was suspended for five games by the NBA for climbing into the stands to confront a man during a game in Chicago, that fan said he
did nothing wrong and was attacked by Davis' wife.
The altercation came in overtime Wednesday night of the Bulls'
106-104 victory. Davis said he thought his wife was in danger and
later released a statement saying the fan was drunk.
"It's a lie," 22-year-old Michael Axelrod said in a phone
interview with The Associated Press.
Axelrod's attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, said he planned to sue
Davis and his wife for more than $1 million. Deratany said he was
writing the papers Thursday for a battery suit against Kendra Davis
and a slander case against Antonio Davis, and planned to file them
Deratany also said, "A public apology from the Davises would go
a long way toward resolving this."
Axelrod claimed Kendra Davis tried to scratch him after he
protested a call. Axelrod, who was sitting a couple of rows behind her, said he never laid a hand on Davis' wife
and said he was not drunk.
Axelrod's father, David, is a prominent Democratic political
consultant in Chicago who has worked with Senators Barack Obama and
Hillary Clinton and Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley.
"When I go to games, I cheer as hard as I can for the Bulls,
and I boo as hard as I can for whoever they're playing," Michael
Axelrod said. "I don't feel comfortable if players are allowed to
easily jump into the crowd whenever they feel like it's