MANHATTAN — Former Kansas State basketball All-American Michael Beasley, in a lawsuit against his former agent, claims that he received improper benefits while he was a member of the DC Assault AAU program and that an unnamed person helped fund his mother's move to Manhattan during his lone season with the Wildcats.
Beasley asserts that agent Joel Bell bankrolled the DC Assault organization and that its president, Curtis Malone, felt obliged to recommend Bell as Beasley's agent in return. Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Bell first sued Beasley for wrongful termination and breach of contract. Beasley countersued in September.
Details of the lawsuit were first reported by the Washington Post.
According to the suit, a man whom Malone had introduced to Beasley's mother, Fatima Smith — but whom the suit did not name — paid for her moving expenses to Manhattan in June 2007 and gave her a "lump-sum payment to cover the first six months of her rent while she was there."
Beasley led K-State to the NCAA Tournament as a freshman during the 2007-08 season, and was regarded as one of the best players in the nation.
In January 2008, the lawsuit alleges, the same man informed Smith that he wanted to be Beasley's financial adviser. When Smith questioned Malone about the conversation, Malone told her "something dismissive about him and told Ms. Smith to be at ease."
The lawsuit also claims Bell asked Smith the amount of her rent and car payment, and told her those payments would be made for her.
If those allegations can be proven, such payments would be considered NCAA violations. K-State could be subject to sanctions if Wildcat basketball coach Frank Martin or members of his staff knew of the violations.
When reached Wednesday night, Martin said he knew nothing of Beasley's lawsuit and had not read the Washington Post article. He said he did not feel comfortable commenting on either.
Former K-State assistant Dalonte Hill, who is now with Maryland, told the Washington Post he was unaware of Smith receiving payments.
"No, Fatima had a full-time job," Hill told the newspaper. "It was not like she moved to Kansas and stopped working. She continued to work. She had a family, so I never assumed. She didn't buy a house. She rented a house, which later some kids rented. So I didn't think it was extra. Normal living."