Former University of Utah basketball star Danny Vranes is going one-on-one with former UNLV star Evric Gray - in, not on, court.
Vranes and Gray, who are also NBA alumni, met on a more familiar basketball court on July 28, 1998, on opposing teams of a Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation League game.In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in 3rd District Court, Vranes said Gray punched him in the face during the game, cutting him below the eye and bruising his face.
According to the lawsuit's play-by-play, Vranes was assigned to guard Gray after another player removed himself from the game because of Gray's "overtly hostile" conduct on the court.
"Within minutes, Vranes and Gray got tangled while going up for a rebound. Vranes pushed Gray away to separate himself. No foul was called, but a referee stepped between Vranes and Gray and signaled that the play should proceed to the other end of the court.
"As Vranes turned to run down the floor, Gray, with malicious intent to cause bodily harm, swung his fist at Vranes over the referee's head, striking Vranes in the face."
Vranes said he was taken to a local hospital emergency room, where 16 stitches were needed to close the cut below his eye. Vranes is seeking unspecified damages for medical expenses, personal inconvenience and pain and suffering, and $100,000 in punitive damages.
Gray could not be reached for comment.