The NY Knicks filed a lawsuit against the Toronto Raptors for stealing scouting information

August 23, 2023
In perhaps the biggest heist story since Nicolas Cage stole the Declaration of Independence, the NY Knicks filed a lawsuit against the Toronto Raptors and their parent company, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), on Monday, alleging that the Raps’ new head coach and a former Knicks scouting employee conspired to steal thousands of videos and other scouting information over the past few weeks.
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 SOURCE: CNN
SOURCE: CNN

The GIST: In perhaps the biggest heist story since Nicolas Cage stole the Declaration of Independence, the NY Knicks filed a lawsuit against the Toronto Raptors and their parent company, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), on Monday, alleging that the Raps’ new head coach and a former Knicks scouting employee conspired to steal thousands of videos and other scouting information over the past few weeks. Wild.

The details: The lawsuit alleges that the stolen info includes “secret, proprietary information critical to the Knicks’ efforts to maintain a competitive advantage over their rivals, including the Raptors.”

  • The suit names Ikechukwu Azotam, who worked for the Knicks from 2020 to 2023, as the “mole,” claiming he sent confidential Knicks files to the Raps after he was recruited to join Toronto’s staff. Bing bong bonkers.

What’s next: Among other unspecified damages, the Knicks are seeking that the Raps refrain from engaging in further acts of misappropriation, as well as a determination that the alleged violations were “willful and malicious.” Meanwhile, MLSE and the Dinos “strongly denie[d] any involvement in the matters alleged.” Sounds like the drama is just tipping off.