Peoria man reportedly files suit against Derrick Rose

Peoria man reportedly files suit against Derrick Rose
April 19, 2013, 10:45 am
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Tony Andracki

It comes as no surprise Bulls fans have been distraught over Derrick Rose's season-long absence.

The former NBA MVP is a homegrown kid who has never wavered in his humility, even as he morphed into a worldwide superstar. He tore his ACL in the first game of last year's playoff series with the Sixers, dashing any hopes of a potential championship run. And now this year, he didn't suit up once during the regular season.

But one fan took his disappointment to a whole other level.

Matthew Thompson, a 25-year-old native of Peoria, Ill., has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Rose.

Seriously.

Thompson, an electrician, claims Rose's season-long absence has caused him to have mental breakdowns and emotional distress, leading to obesity issues.

Thompson went so far as to say Rose's behavior was negligent, as he was cleared by doctors but refused to return to game action.

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I have a lot of questions. First off, Rose has only been cleared for game action the last two months, so how much weight did Thompson gain in that span? It was known Rose was going to miss at least nine months, so any disappointment before February is just unreasonable.

Secondly, why is Rose's absence causing so much distress? This guy is as diehard as it gets for Bulls fans, but it's not like the team was losing. They just clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

There's almost no chance this lawsuit is taken seriously, but hey, crazier things have happened. Remember the lady who sued McDonald's after spilling hot coffee on herself?