Court proceedings in the breach of contract case against Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade is set to begin today in Miami, Fla. Today a panel of jurors will begin hearing opening statements from attorneys regarding a lawsuit initiated by the NBA star’s former business partners involving a failed restaurant venture.
Wade’s former business partners Mark Rodberg and Lauren Hollander claim that Wade broke their contract by demanding higher compensation than previously agreed on and by prematurely abandoning the deal in 2008. The lawsuit revolves around business dealings involving a chain of D. Wade’s Place sports-themed restaurants which recently closed its two-short lived locations.
According to a recent USA Today article, Wade believes that he was in his rights to end the business relationship when he did and is also seeking damages over the wrongful use of his name in the marketing of the restaurant chain. Wade plans to attend the entire two week long trial in Miami.
Miami newspapers reported that the court had a difficult time finding impartial jurors due to the national exposure the NBA star. On Thursday, one of the originally chosen jurors had been removed from the panel for undisclosed reasons. Judge Peter Adrien and the court spent nearly four hours on Thursday to select a replacement and alternates for the trial.
This is not the only legal trouble facing the NBA all-star. Wade is concurrently facing a suit involving his recent divorce and another suit against a Miami-based charter school that would have been named after Wade.