October 27, 2006, - 1:52 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Will athlete groupies ever learn? Apparently not, judging from Gina Ballard’s absurd lawsuit against Detroit Lion Damien Woody.
It’s the story of “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and her lawyer.” This woman, who apparently gets around (she has an out of wedlock kid with someone else and dumped him for Woody), allowed herself to be treated like a groupie, chewed up and spit out. And now she wants $250,000 plus for it. Ballard, a Woody paramour, is suing him in a Detroit area court because Woody
broke up her engagement with another man and then wooed her into moving in with him with the promises of marriage, lifelong security and her own business. . . . After a few months of promising that he would divorce his wife and marry Ballard, Woody allegedly backed out on all of his original promises, she claims.
Ballard, 35, seeks more than $250,000 in damages that she believes she is owed by Woody, an All-Pro NFL offensive lineman who was a member of two Super Bowl New England Patriots teams in 2002 and 2004 before signing with the Lions in 2004. . . .
Ballard alleges when she met Woody in September 2005, she was employed and engaged to another man with whom she had a child. Ballard said Woody deliberately interfered with that relationship, causing her fiance to break off the engagement and fire her from her job.
The lawsuit alleges Woody then began dating Ballard and set up a home for her in Birmingham and promised to marry her, providing she move in, manage the home and assist him on his out-of-town trips. Woody allegedly offered to pay all her expenses and also purchase a business for her for $250,000.
Ballard claims she helped Woody prepare for the football season, traveled with him and agreed to have “extensive cosmetic and dental surgery.”
Question: How does a bimbo help an NFL player “prepare for the football season”? That is, other than maybe serving as the tackle dummy.
Woody, an offensive linemen, may be a scoundrel and a womanizer. Sounds like he’s both. But deserving of a law suit because yet another gullible groupie whored herself out to yet another spoiled NFL player (him)? Hardly (though, we would imagine his wife–if she has any self-respect–is shopping for a good divorce lawyer).
Frivolous lawsuits like this are why the court system is clogged endlessly. Don’t sue over being dumb and gullible after drooling over a pro athlete. FYI, Michigan does not have palimony, so it’s hard to see how she’s entitled to a penny.
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