JaMarcus Russell Sued Over Alleged Misuse of $74,000 Donation Check

JaMarcus Russell Sued Over Alleged Misuse of $74,000 Donation Check
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JaMar­cus Rus­sell, once a top NFL draft pick and Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner, is embroiled in a law­suit con­cern­ing a $74,000 check intend­ed as a dona­tion to his alma mater, Williamson High School’s foot­ball pro­gram (Mobile, Alabama).

The law­suit alleges Rus­sell cashed the check, drawn on Chris Knowles’ busi­ness account (Sel­wonk Enter­pris­es), but the dona­tion nev­er reached the school. When Rus­sell could­n’t pro­vide proof or respond to inquiries, Knowles stopped pay­ment on the check.

Nav­i­ga­tor Cred­it Union, which report­ed­ly loaned Rus­sell the mon­ey based on the check, is suing Rus­sell for near­ly $55,000 (prin­ci­pal + inter­est + fees). Rus­sell coun­ter­sued Knowles for stop­ping pay­ment, admit­ting he cashed the check but deny­ing any wrongdoing.

This law­suit comes after Rus­sel­l’s brief and dis­ap­point­ing NFL career (draft­ed No. 1 over­all by the Oak­land Raiders in 2007 but released after 3 sea­sons). The case is set for tri­al in Octo­ber 2024.

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