Andrew Bynum is one of the most talented big men in the game when he is on the court, but apparently that doesn't translate to being a good neighbor off it.
According to documents obtained by USA Today Sports, Bynum has sued and is being countersued by two neighbors for his behavior as a home owner in his former home, the Los Angeles suburb of Westchester.
According to documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Bynum filed suit first on June 1. In this suit, Bynum claimed that he was "harassed" by Ramond and Cindy Beckett, "who object" to his "profession, his race, his friends, his cars, and his taste in music."
The Becketts countersued on July 11, stating that "Andrew Bynum is a great basketball player and a terrible neighbor who presumes that being an NBA All-Star entitles him to party like a rock star in the otherwise quiet Westchester neighborhood where he lives."
The Becketts went on to elaborate on the situation.
"Bynum has demonstrated open contempt for the Becketts specifically and for the neighborhood generally by blasting loud, profane, and disrespectful music and video games at window-shaking volumes; by letting his dogs run loose through the neighborhood; by apparently engaging in illegal drug use and permitting marijuana smoke to drift into the Becketts' backyard; by constructing a fence on his property which is not in compliance with the community codes and regulations; by 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 responded in a subsequent filing that all the allegations are false and that furthermore, the Becketts have since sold their house so they are no longer even neighbors.
What Bynum didn't elaborate on is that the most probable reason that the Becketts moved was so they could go back to living a semi-peaceful existence as far away from a professional athlete as humanly possible.
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