How the NBA’s dustin poirier story changed the NBA story
NEW YORK — The dustinpoirier case has turned the NBA into a political soap opera, as a series of court decisions involving players, coaches and owners has raised questions about the league’s role in the corruption allegations.
But the dustin-poiriers case has also turned the spotlight back on the NBA as the subject of a national political scandal.
The case pits a former NBA star, former Indiana Pacers and Kansas City Chiefs owner and a former executive of the NBA Players Association, who was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and securities fraud in the summer of 2014.
Federal prosecutors alleged that the former NBA player used a network of associates to bribe NBA commissioner Adam Silver and then-president of the Players Association Kevin Durant.
Poirier was fired from the NBA in 2016, a move that prompted Silver to file a lawsuit against him.
Silver has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
On Thursday, the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri, in St. Louis, ordered Poirier’s arrest and a preliminary hearing to resume.
Poiriers attorney, John Zink, said that the case will be resolved “very quickly.”
Poulis, a 6-foot-11 guard, was a three-time All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kansas.
He also played for the Kansas City Royals and New York Knicks.