As if Bynum's ongoing list of off-court shenanigans couldn't get any bigger. News have surfaced that Bynum and his (now former) neighbours, are on an ongoing back-and-forth legal battle regarding about their behaviors towards one another. I'm pretty sure soon MTV and E! would be all over this guy and start offering him his own reality TV show.
Here is an excerpt from Yahoo! Sports
"He [Bynum] now finds himself embroiled in a testy legal row with his former next-door neighbors that's appears best described by Janine White of the Philly Post as "a battle of 'he said "you threw pennies at my Ferrari and chipped the paint,"/they said "we don't like your weed smoke drifting from next door."'" A little adversity, at long last, might be just the ticket for good ol' Andrew. Keep him from getting complacent, you know?
News of the courtroom drama came to us first, as all good things do, from TMZ:
Bynum [...] claims that ever since he moved into his fancy home in Westchester, Calif., more than seven years ago, he's been constantly harassed by his neighbors, Ramond and Cindy Beckett.
According to his lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Bynum says ... the Becketts have objected to his "profession, his race, his friends, his cars and his taste in music."
Bynum filed his suit against the Becketts on June 1, according to USA TODAY Sports' Rachel Shuster. The couple countersued about six weeks later, on July 11, calling Bynum "a great basketball player and a terrible neighbor" who, during the course of their time living next to one another, acted more like a rock star perpetually trashing his hotel room than a homeowner interested in being part of his community.
The list of Bynum's alleged offenses, according to the Becketts' filing:
• "Blasting loud, profane, and disrespectful music and video games at window-shaking volumes"
• "Letting his dogs run loose through the neighborhood"
• "Apparently engaging in illegal drug use and permitting marijuana smoke to drift into the Becketts'
• "Constructing a fence on his property which is not in compliance with the community codes and regulations" (NOTE: truly the most evil and insidious of suburban crimes)
• "Conspicuously brandishing firearms in an attempt to threaten and intimidate the Becketts in retaliation for their legitimate complaints"
• "And, perhaps most seriously, by recklessly racing his luxury cars through the neighborhood at dangerous speeds where children or others could be injured or killed."
Bynum, for his part, has flatly denied the Becketts' charges, and claimed in his court filing that the couple had a penchant for "throwing coins at his Ferrari (which chipped the paint), screaming at him about his music, and even banging the side of his house with 'a long stick.'" Not quite as serious as allegedly flashing weapons and street racing, but still less than ideal behavior. (Especially if the stick was sharpened.)
While the legal-filing back-and-forth seems uniquely suited to someone whose present status seems as chaotic as Bynum's does, and these are serious allegations, they are, of course, merely allegations. The "playing my stereo really loud" would seem to track with some of the bratty/petulant behavior Bynum displayed during his years as a Laker, and the speeding/street-racing charges don't seem especially outlandish given Bynum's past vehicular transgressions. The big-font headline stuff — the guns, the drugs — we'll hold off on lending too much credence in the absence of more information; tales have a tendency to grow taller in the telling, after all."
(Yahoo! Sports, 2012)
I actually lived two blocks away from Bynum when I was in college at LMU, (a mile away from where Bynum lived) and I had the exact same problems with my neighbors. It's a quaint quiet neighborhood that is very sensitive to college kids, parties, and loud music, we had the cops called on us so many times when it was just the three of my roommates hanging out and playing music. Bynum had a purple Corvette with gold rims on it along with a bunch of other luxury cars with no license plates on them and drove his remote control car in the middle of the street all the time.
Watching a 7 footer play with a RC Car has to be hilarious.
Too funny. Can't really say i'm surprised by this however. I do think the neighbors probably exaggerated some things but i can for sure see Bynum being a s*** homeowner. Look at how he grooms himself.
Is weed stilled considered a drug in Cali? Weed is finally coming close to being removed from the controlled substance act that Nixon put it on against his advisors advice. They just had a great article Philly.com about how many people are arrested in Philly for weed when 2 other states just legalized simple possession.
Bynum should be in Philly rehabbing his knee not in Cali filing lawsuits. Hes blowing his chances at the max deal he wants more n more everyday.
He just comes off as so immature. This guy got drafted by the Lakers straight out of high school and won 2 championships.
I fear he'll never reach his potential because he was given so much at such a young age without working much for it.
I don't agree with forcing kids to go to college for one year, but I can see how most kids who jump straight from high school can't deal with all that money and freedom all at once and still stay focused on why they're in the league in the first place..
Which is to play ball and try their hardest to be a HOF'er, because you shouldn't go to the league unless you have that kind of mentality. Bynum doesn't seem like he has that mentality.
This has to be one of the funniest post i ever read. LMAO
He is a bad rep for those who came into the NBA after highschool. He is a good example of a player that would benefit from college (though it could do nothing for him), but the guy just needs to grow up. He reminds me of that movie Jack with Robin Williams. Looks like an adult, but is really just a kid.