MIAMI — Retired basketball star Ray Allen has been accused of stalking by a man named Bryant Coleman, who has requested a restraining order against the 42-year-old ex-NBA player. Allen, however, has a different story.
The contact between the two men began, according to Allen, when Coleman catfished him, pretending in “various online forums” to be “a number of attractive women interested in” him.
In the online chats, the former Heat great shared “private information.”
Allen claims to have eventually caught on and severed contact, after which point Coleman began stalking HIM.
According to Allen, Coleman began posting obsessively about him in social media, even going so far as to visit the Orlando restaurant of his wife, actress Shannon Walker Williams, and tag family members of Allen in his online posts.
Allen originally took matters into his own hands and had Coleman sign a confidentiality agreement, a stipulation of which was that the man would stop posting about Allen. The posts continued nonetheless, and the harassment—according to Allen—culminated in Bryant filing for the restraining order.
Allen, in turn, has filed for a restraining order of his own.
“Ray Allen was the victim of an online scheme to extract money and embarrass him by someone who appears to be troubled,” said the sports star’s attorney David Oscar Markus.
He went on: “The person who perpetrated this scheme has now started to stalk him and make threats against Ray and his family. Ray has taken legal action to put an end to the threats and to expose his manipulation and wrongdoing.”
Regardless of whose side of the story is correct, hopefully the dueling restraining orders will be enough to break the contact between the two men. Allen, for his part, insists that he just wants to be left alone.
“Ray regrets ever engaging with this person online and is thankful they never met in person,” Markus said. “This experience has negatively impacted Ray, and he hopes that others might use his mistake to learn the dangers of communicating online with strangers.”