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MUNCIE — A Muncie mother and son have filed suit against local basketball legend Bonzi Wells, alleging he kicked in the front door of their northeastside home, threatened them and later battered the man.
The allegations against the 36-year-old Wells — a standout at Central High School and Ball State University before playing for a decade in the NBA — stem from incidents alleged to have taken place two years ago this month.
Raushanah and Rasul Shabazz filed their suit Thursday in Delaware Circuit Court 1, demanding that a jury determine damages in the case.
They allege that Wells — identified by his legal name of Gawen D. Wells — became upset after a disagreement involving his son and Rasul Shabazz, now 39, at the downtown YMCA, where Shabazz then worked, on May 7, 2011.
According to the suit, Wells:
• Went to the Shabazz home, in the 1400 block of East Hines Street, with “several other individuals,” that afternoon, with the group shouting for Rasul Shabazz to come outside, and announcing that they intended to kill him.
“In fear of his life and imminent bodily harm, Rasul did not go outside and Bonzi kicked in the (home’s) front door,” the suit states.
• Cursed at Raushanah Shabazz — co-founder of the local Motivate Our Minds organization, and 74 at the time of the incident — when she walked onto her front porch, also saying, “I’ll kill you, too!”
• Returned to the Shabazz home with “his crew” five days later, and remained parked outside for several minutes.
• Attacked Rasul Shabazz in an athletic office on the Ball State University campus on May 17, 2011, punching him in the head; striking him up to three more times after he fell to the floor, and then spitting in Shabazz’s face.
In a Muncie Police Department report, however, Raushanah Shabazz made no mention of Wells having threatened her the afternoon he allegedly kicked in her door. She also acknowledged that she never saw Wells on her porch that day.
The police report also does not mention anyone coming to the Shabazz house with Wells, indicating he acted alone.