Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 06: Fred Davis #86 of the Washington Redskins makes a break against the New Orleans Saints on December 6, 2009 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The past few months have been pretty eventful for Fred Davis. The Redskins tight end was suspended for the final four games of last season because of a third failed drug test. Now we’re learning that he’s also been involved in a civil court case with a woman who says she was assaulted and harassed by Davis.

Makini Chaka, 33, is suing Davis for allegedly assaulting, harassing and threatening to kill her. She obtained a restraining order against Davis last January. Her suit stems from an incident at a club where she claims Davis dumped juice on her and busted her lip with a plastic drink container. According to the Washingtonian, she is seeking “damages and injunctive relief as a result of [Davis’s] malicious, willful and intentional assault, injurious falsehood and civil conspiracy.”

The gist of the suit is that Davis met Chaka through other football players. Davis’ bodyguard testified that things soured when Chaka flew out to California for Davis’ birthday party and became upset when Davis didn’t pick her up from the airport. They supposedly got into it during Davis’ surprise birthday party last year at a club after Davis and his friends moved from one are of the club to another where Chaka was.

Davis claims he went to notify Chaka that his party would be nearby, and that he did so in a calm, respectful manner. From here is where the story differs.

Chaka responded to Davis by throwing an alcoholic drink in his face. She claims he came up to her cussing and talking aggressively. He responded by dumping juice on her a few minutes later. She ended up with a cut on her lip, which she says came from a drink container thrown by Davis. Incident footage from inside the club tells another story, according to the Washingtonian.

The footage “showed [Davis] approach [Chaka] and reach for her in a calm manner but [Chaka] responded by throwing a drink in his face,” according to the police report. After Davis dumped the juice on Chaka, the footage shows Davis tossing “the container at [Chaka’s] body not causing any injuries,” according to the report. “The camera shows [Chaka] being elbowed by accident which caused the cut to her lip.” The report does not identify Davis by name but only as S1, or suspect 1.

Police reviewed the case and did not file any charges. Chaka sought medical attention for her lip.

It really seems like this woman is doing everything possible to cash in on some money from Davis given her weak claims. But what makes it bizarre is that both people are representing themselves, and that it’s turned into a mud-slinging soap opera.

Davis initially had an attorney, but the woman stopped representing him last May. They apparently used to date.

Some of the highlights from the wacky case include:

    - Testimony from Davis’ bodyguard accusing Chaka of being a “pimpette” who provides escorts for athletes and celebrities.
    - A cross examination by Davis of Chaka where he is trying to get her to admit she has her hand on a man’s genitals in a photograph
    - Another cross examination where Davis says Chaka uses a pimp cup
    - Chaka claiming that Davis called a club and pretended to be teammate Santana Moss in order to keep her from the club

The only justice to be done — beside dismissing the absurd case altogether — is to make this into a TV episode.

And more and more I’m starting to feel worse for athletes. They are real targets because of all the money they have. Opportunistic schemers just want to try and get a cut any way possible, and it’s difficult to protect yourself with the way our legal system is.

You can read about the whole case here.

Photo Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

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