A starter on Duke's 2010 national championship team is being sued by a New York jeweler for not paying the balance of what he owes after buying $100,000 in custom jewelry that season.
Lance Thomas purchased five pieces of diamond jewelry at a cost of $97,800 on Dec. 21, 2009, in the middle of his senior season, according the lawsuit. Documents included with the suit indicate he made a $30,000 down payment and received $67,800 in credit from the firm, which caters to professional athletes. The nearly $68,000 balance remains unpaid.
Thomas started 39 games at forward during the 2009-10 season, including the Blue Devils' 61-59 victory over Butler in the championship game. He wasn't drafted by an NBA team but played last season for the New Orleans Hornets.
I can say I've never bought a piece of jewelry in my life. I just don't understand the value of shiny things. Give me a good book, movie or video game any day instead.
Also why won't he pay them back? He knows how this will end if he doesn't. Not only will he look bad but so will Duke possibly. We can't make any assumptions, though. $30,000 actually isn't that much money. I bet you can find many D1 athletes driving cars worth $30,000. Also since he did a down payment of 30k it suggests he didn't have enough to cover it all.
Will be interesting to see the outcome of all this.