The battle between Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a southern California auction house continues with the big guy losing the latest round and ordered to pay a whopping $900,000 in damages.
The CBS affiliate in Los Angeles reports an arbitrator ruled in favor of Julien’s Auctions over a consignment agreement that went bad.
Julien’s claimed Abdul-Jabbar agreed to sell some of his memorabilia collection with them a few years ago but then backed out after the sale went into motion, causing a series of problems. They also claim Abdul-Jabbar wouldn’t return a donation they made to his charity, the Skyhook Foundation, as part of the deal to sell those items.
The arbitrator, retired Judge Charles McCoy awarded Julien’s $907,601.77 plus interest, after the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
“We are quite pleased with the judgment and the award granted Julien’s Auctions regarding this case,” Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, said in a news release. “It is very unfortunate that it had to come to this as we tried everything to come to an agreement with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and [his manager] outside of the courts.”
A few months ago, Abdul-Jabbar announced he was selling off his career collection through a series of eBay auctions under his memorabilia company, Starguard Collectibles.