The 76ers' Samuel Dalembert has filed a lawsuit claiming breach of contract and fraud, among other allegations, against a group of business partners regarding an investment in the licensing of "Speed Racer" products and merchandise.
The suit, filed May 12 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, says that Dalembert invested more than $1 million in the project in 2006, only to learn that the defendants - New York design studio Art Asylum and others - did not have the licensing rights.
The suit, first reported yesterday by TMZ.com, seeks at least $50,000 on each count.
Philadelphia attorney Nino V. Tinari represents Dalembert.
The film version of the popular comic book was released last month.
In an unrelated development, Dalembert has withdrawn from a scheduled trip to India with the NBA's Basketball Without Borders initiative to concentrate on training with the Canadian national team as it attempts to secure a berth in this summer's Beijing Olympics.
Dalembert, born in Haiti, is now a Canadian citizen.
He played for Team Canada in a qualifying tournament last summer and is scheduled to play in a similar 12-team tournament July 15-20.
The Olympic competition is scheduled Aug. 10-24. *
- Phil Jasner