Avery Bradley Accused Of Sexual Assault During Last Year’s Playoffs

Ed Hillel

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According to the report, Bradley paid his accuser to "to prevent false information from being made public."

The alleged incident took place in Cleveland in May when Bradley was a member of the Boston Celtics.
 

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Sorry, have to ask what you’re referring to as terrible? Are you assuming he did it and paid shut up money or that it’s terrible it got leaked? Not judging either way just curious for some clarity.
 

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Sorry, have to ask what you’re referring to as terrible? Are you assuming he did it and paid shut up money or that it’s terrible it got leaked? Not judging either way just curious for some clarity.
I don't know, but would be inclined to give Bradley the benefit of the doubt until/unless more facts emerge. But either way it is terrible.
 

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I don't know, but would be inclined to give Bradley the benefit of the doubt until/unless more facts emerge. But either way it is terrible.
I would love to imagine a world in which I had such an insane amount of money I would pay $400,000 to settle an action I didn't actually do. Even at say $10/m a year as an NBA player, I wouldn't settle at that number for something I didn't do.

It's a shame that a seemingly good kid got himself into this situation, and I hope he learns a lesson like Julian Edelman did with his issue.

(edit: Spelled the football player's name wrong.)
 

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Sorry, have to ask what you’re referring to as terrible? Are you assuming he did it and paid shut up money or that it’s terrible it got leaked? Not judging either way just curious for some clarity.
Terrible that he probably did it. Per Murby’s comment, few people settle a $400K claim for a crime they didn’t commit. And the fact that this supposedly happened in the middle of an ECF where he seemed to show a ton of leadership is doubly depressing.
 

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I would love to imagine a world in which I had such an insane amount of money I would pay $400,000 to settle an action I didn't actually do. Even at say $10/m a year as an NBA player, I wouldn't settle at that number for something I didn't do.

It's a shame that a seemingly good kid got himself into this situation, and I hope he learns a lesson like Julian Edelman did with his issue.

(edit: Spelled the football player's name wrong.)
"got himself into a bad situation" when the situation is possible sexual assault... Is a weird way to assess this situation.
 

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I would love to imagine a world in which I had such an insane amount of money I would pay $400,000 to settle an action I didn't actually do. Even at say $10/m a year as an NBA player, I wouldn't settle at that number for something I didn't do.

It's a shame that a seemingly good kid got himself into this situation, and I hope he learns a lesson like Julian Edelman did with his issue.

(edit: Spelled the football player's name wrong.)
Terrible that he probably did it. Per Murby’s comment, few people settle a $400K claim for a crime they didn’t commit. And the fact that this supposedly happened in the middle of an ECF where he seemed to show a ton of leadership is doubly depressing.
I can now report two sources who independently confirm that he did it. Hooray internet!

Look, I'm no attorney, but I can think of a great many situations in which people of means will pay what sounds like a lot of money to make a claim - even a frivolous claim - go away. If you know anything about the insurance business, you know that if you have liability insurance (e.g. Directors & Officers, Errors & Omissions, or just Umbrella for rich people), it's actually the insurance company that gets to decide whether to settle or fight a claim, and they'll make decisions based on pragmatic factors like how much an expected defense will cost in legal fees, which even if they win quickly could run into six figures easily. Point is: It wouldn't shock me if the decision to settle was actually out of Bradley's hands entirely, and either way we can infer absolutely nothing about his guilt from the fact that they settled it. If it went to trial and evidence was presented and they settled before a verdict, sure, speculate away. But it didn't, and they didn't.

Situations like Ezekiel Elliott, who was (and still may be) willing to go to the mat to vociferously protect his reputation, are frankly rare. Even a blackmail situation, where they may have just enough to not get a suit thrown out in court but they really just want money, can do far more than $400k in damage to an Avery Bradley who seeks endorsements, and who is up for Free Agency in a few months. It doesn't take much marginal push one way or the other to do him more than that in harm, even if there is absolutely nothing to the claim.
 

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Ok but of all the powerful people we’ve learned about recently who have used their money to squelch these offenses, how many have outsourced or ceded these decisions to their insurance companies? How many have gone to trial first? None that I know of. Suggesting as much in this case seems like wishcasting.

There is a playbook for this stuff: settle quickly and quiet the victim for perpetuity. There is an industry for this stuff – and their victims’ attorneys are only too happy to get their share these settlements:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-secret-settlements/amp

Does it mean that Avery Bradley is necessarily guilty? No. But it’s far more likely he is than isn’t. And that sucks.
 

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I credit public accusations of misconduct as suggesting probability of guilt far more than I do silent settlements, given the guts required for the former. You are welcome to feel otherwise; we're both in the dark until and unless more comes out.

I like Avery Bradley and hope this isn't true.
 

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Does it mean that Avery Bradley is necessarily guilty? No. But it’s far more likely he is than isn’t. And that sucks.
Not to single you out but I guess one thing about the internet is that people have a platform to voice their opinions no matter what.

Here's what we know.

(1) the two people were together
(2) alcohol was involved
(3) accusations were made
(4) a settlement occurred.

Those four things could indicate that something "bad" happened but would also be present if something "bad" did not happen. We, the observers, have no way of determining which is more likely. Yes, $400K sounds like a lot of money, but it's like 4 games of pay. And while yes, he would pay it if something "bad" happened, he could also pay it if something "bad" didn't happen but there were, for example, pics that he didn't want released.

I hope he didn't because he seems like a decent guy but frankly, I have no idea whether he did or did not or whether he actually is or is not a good guy.