Ex Atlanta Hawk is subject of a Defamation and Slander Lawsuit - Mar 21, 2011
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Atlanta, Ga. (March 21, 2011) Atlanta businessman Duane Allen Jenkins is reported to be pursuing a lawsuit against former Atlanta Hawk basketball player Wayne "Tree" Rollins. The lawsuit stems from comments made by Rollins in an interview he gave to the Augusta Chronicle newspaper of Augusta, Georgia on June 6, 2010 [read more]
Atlanta, Ga. (March 21, 2011) Atlanta businessman Duane Allen Jenkins is reported to be pursuing a lawsuit against former Atlanta Hawk basketball player Wayne 'Tree' Rollins. The lawsuit stems from comments made by Rollins in an interview he gave to the Augusta Chronicle newspaper of Augusta, Georgia on June 6, 2010. Jenkins is seeking to address damages against Rollinsfor libel, slander, defamation and tortuous interference
Jenkins's claim is that the statements made by Rollins were libelous and defamatory and that the action that will be brought against Rollins will name him as the sole defendant. Jenkins claims to be interviewing law firms to represents him, 'Every law firm I approached thus far said they will take this case, I'll make the selection over the next few weeks,' said Jenkins. 'The comments Mr. Rollins made were an unfortunate choice of words, we gave him every opportunity to apologize, and however he apparently chooses to stand by his statements, so now he must answer for his actions.' 'When you google my name this article pops up, my friends and family members have seen this interview'.
The lawsuit will include claims of defamation, libel, slander, and wrongful interference with Jenkins business and other related claims.
As it will be alleged in the complaints against Rollins, he will be sued for undertaking an active campaign to spread false statements about Duane Allen Jenkins, the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) and others. In the widely publicized June 6 interview Rollins referred to Jenkins as a scammer and used several other defamatory and libelous statements during the interview . This incident stems from the cancellation of the basketball season previously scheduled to begin in June 2010. It will also be alleged Rollins made false statements to a local police department in Apopka, Florida in reference to Jenkins and then proceeded to publish the police report on a sports website.
Jenkins started a professional womens basketball league in March 2010. Rollins approached the new league for a position as a head coach for a Jacksonville, Florida franchise. The league postponed their season until June 2011. Rollins apparently became upset and were witnesses yelling at Jenkins during a league conference call on May 26, 2010. In which Jenkins informed all league staff members, coaches and other league officials his intention to postpone the season until 2011. Rollins then approached the Augusta Chronicle in June to speak about the league and Mr. Jenkins. ' Ever since I entered the world of minor league basketball in July 2007, I've been called the worst names by people I 've never met or ever done business with, they use fake names and write horrible lies about me and my efforts.' ' Today it stops'
Jenkins is said to be seeking an award for damages, a public apology and a restriction on all future public comments about himself and his business interest from Rollins.
USBA announce list of 2010 team basketball arena locations - Mar 11, 2010
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Atlanta, Ga. (March 11, 2010) --- "I'm extremely pumped about this upcoming basketball season," said USBA president, Duane Allen Jenkins. "Our first season is set to go and our future in the world of basketball looks very bright." The United States Basketball Association (USBA) today made public the final roster of teams, along with the teams home arena and gymnasiums. This new minor division basketball league was originally set to open its doors in 2009 [read more]
Atlanta, Ga. (March 11, 2010) --- 'I'm extremely pumped about this upcoming basketball season,' said USBA president, Duane Allen Jenkins. 'Our first season is set to go and our future in the world of basketball looks very bright.' The United States Basketball Association (USBA) today made public the final roster of teams, along with the teams home arena and gymnasiums. This new minor division basketball league was originally set to open its doors in 2009. The league will field fourteen teams in three divisions, spread over nine southern states. League sources states 'Timing is everything, particularly in business, the time is right to begin our inaugural basketball campaign.' The USBA originated in July 2007. The league was born out of an effort to expand the now inactive United States Basketball League (USBL). The USBL contracted Jenkins in September 2006 to acquire his assistance to develop basketball teams in the Southeast United States. Jenkins's efforts were thwarted when the USBL ceased operations. 'The USBL decision to shut down took me by complete surprise, however after every forest fire, new life assuredly flourishes,' said Jenkins. 'The USBA will be fruitful and multiply, to evoke our belief's.'
The league has 14 teams in three divisions, The teams are spread out over nine southern states and play a 30 game regular season followed by the leagues championship tournament. The USBA local team tryouts will be held on March 20, 2010. The season will open on Wednesday April 7, 2010. 'I'm real comfortable in the leagues stability,' said Jenkins, and 'I feel we can make a real impact on the local charitable organizations in each of our teams cities.' The league has ties with the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club of America and local churchs. During the past Holiday season the USBA enlisted the help of the Feeding America and the U.S.M.C. to conduct a series of basketball games to collect toys, clothing and food for the needy. According to reports filed, seven of the leagues cities gave away prizes to fans that contributed toys, clothing and food.
United States Basketball Association 2010 Arena Locations
Atlanta Platinum Fredrick Douglass High School Douglass Gymnasium (2500) 225 Hamilton Holmes Drive N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Birmingham Crusaders Alabama State Fair Grounds Harris Arena (6000) 2331 Super Bessemer Highway Birmingham, Alabama 35208
Augusta Raging River Augusta State University Christenberry Field House (3500) 2500 Walton Way Augusta, Georgia 30904
Columbus Marauders Columbus State University Lumpkin Center (5000) 4225 University Avenue Columbus, Georgia 31907
Mobile Mariners South Alabama University Jaguar Gymnasium (3300) 307 University Blvd North Mobile, Alabama 36688
Charlotte Blue Wave Johnson C. Smith University Brayboy Arena (2500) 100 Beattis Ford Road Charlotte, North Carolina 28216
Columbus Centurion Benedict College HRC Arena (2300) 1600 Hardin Street Columbia, South Carolina 28204
Jacksonville Admirals Edward Waters College Adams-Jenkins Complex (2000) 1658 Kings Road Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Savannah Seahawks Sol C. Johnson High School Johnson Gymnasium (1750) 312 Sun Set Blvd Savannah, Georgia 31214
Chattanooga Royal Tennessee Temple University McGillivray Gymnasium (2800) 1815 Union Avenue Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
Louisville Locomotive Hoops Basketball Academy Hoops Main Gymnasium (3000) 12101 Sycamore Station Place Louisville, Kentucky 40299 Nashville Thunder
Tennessee State University The Gentry Center (5800) 3000 John A. Merritt Blvd Nashville, Tennessee 37209
Richmond Colonials Virginia Union University Barco-Stevens Arena (3000) 1500 North Lombardi Street Richmond, Virginia 23220
West Virginia Capitals Capital High School Capital Gymnasium (2500) 1500 Greenbrier Street Charleston, West Virginia 25311
(This is a list of all USBA home team gymnasiums. All locations have given their permission to secure the gymnasium. Agreements of Usage are in place. Final contracts are complete from each location. Each Client Arena has a confidentially agreement and is not at liberty to disclose certain contents of any agreements made with the United States Basketball Association without written permission of the USBA and the Client Arena.)
USBA cancels National Combine on March 6, 2010 - Mar 4, 2010
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Atlanta, Ga. (March 4, 2010) ---The United States Basketball Association (USBA) canceled its national basketball player combine. 'The combine was scheduled to be held at the Woodruff Physical Activity Building on the campus of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia on Saturday, March 6, 2010,' said USBA Vice President of Basketball Operation Kenneth Green. The combine will not be held as previously advertised [read more]
Atlanta, Ga. (March 4, 2010) ---The United States Basketball Association (USBA) canceled its national basketball player combine. 'The combine was scheduled to be held at the Woodruff Physical Activity Building on the campus of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia on Saturday, March 6, 2010,' said USBA Vice President of Basketball Operation Kenneth Green. The combine will not be held as previously advertised. 'We have been inundated with request for a tryout with one of our teams; however 90% of the applicants requested to be allowed to go to a specific city, to try out for one of our team. To be fair to everyone, registration procedures will be changed to adhere to meet the players request,' said Green. 'It appears the economy is still a factor in a lot of peoples lives, the cost of airfare, the hotel and meal expense seems to have been a significant factor and we certainly understand, after all this is Single A basketball.'
The league reported 419 players contacted the USBA to inquire about positions on league teams. 'Almost all confirmed registrants, 46 players in all, came from the Atlanta area,' said Green. Basketball players will now be able to email and telephone the Head Coach directly to receive additional information and instructions. The league will conduct open tryouts in each team city. Try outs will be open to all qualified basketball players. Basketball players can attend a tryout on Saturday, March 13 and March 20, 2010. All eligible players will be accepted at the local team tryout.
Registration will be conducted on the mornings the tryouts are to be held.
The sign up period for the combine was originally set to begin on March 1, 2010, however, according to league sources the change was made to better serve the request of the participants. 'Agnes Scott College is a fine gymnasium and they have great facilities, however we have heard from basketball players that they would rather sign up in the town of their choice. We are a new league and we are responsible to our prospective players, we want our players to feel comfortable with our procedures and to hold a national combine just to collect money is something we will not do'
'We are working tirelessly in our pursuit to find the best players available for all USBA teams; this will enable us to provide our fans the very best minor league professional basketball players from day one,' said USBA President and C.E.O., Duane Allen Jenkins . 'Allowing players to go to the city of their choice is a truly special and unique opportunity for all of our coaches to evaluate basketball players that are probably from that city,' continued Jenkins.
Basketball players will participate in scrimmage games, agility drills and conditioning exercises. All players will be evaluated by the leagues coaching staff. USBA coaching staff will then select the players represent their local team.
USBA individual team tryouts are scheduled for March 13, 2010 and March 20, 2010. Players will be charged a fee of $75.00 to participate in the tryouts. The league will provide the required documents to the players who participate in the tryout. Registrations will begin at 8:00 am. Drills will start at 10:00 am Basketball players are required to have a minimum of two years experience on the collegiate level in order to participate individual team tryouts.
Players participating in the individual team tryouts will receive lunch from Subway. Deer Park will provide bottled water to the players and coaches. Trainers and paramedics will be on hand to assist participants.
The USBA has sixteen teams in three divisions. The teams are spread out over nine southern states. Please refer to the league website at www.usbaball.com . Individual team tryout signup will begin March 13 and March 20, 2010 at 8:30 and will continue until all participants are registered. Complete instruction on player registrations and information will be made available the leagues website. According to the league, the registration period was changed to allow more time for college players whose teams may not be invited to the NCAA tournament. The USBA utilizes medium to small college and university gymnasiums for the home location of their teams. All USBA coaches will select players from this tryout to field their team for the upcoming season.
Basketball player compensation package includes; $350.00 per week, $25.00 sponsor paid appearances, 25% commission on sponsorship sales, a daily meal at Golden Coral Buffet Restaurant, workman compensation and housing, when needed. Each team plays a thirty game schedule, fifteen home games and fifteen games away.
About the United States Basketball Association----The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is a mid spring thru early summer mens professional basketball league. The league headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The league as eighteen teams split into three divisions, spread out over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. Basketball players, coaches, dance team members and game day staff could be catapulted to enjoy further opportunities in the National Basketball Association Developmental League (NBADL), as well as exposure to other reputable professional basketball leagues from around the world. League website is www.usbaball.com .
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