NBA player Paul George has fallen victim to a man who posed to be Adele’s manager. The scammer wants only one thing from the Oklahoma City Thunder forward – his sneakers.
According to the Miami Herald, prosecutors are filing new charges against South Florida con man Justin Jackson and his wife, Angel Lii, for pretending to be Adele’s manager and swindling several NBA players with pairs of shoes. Jackson and Lii allegedly conned not only George but also Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and retired NBA star Richard Hamilton. Jackson also reportedly sent requests for sneakers to Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and Bismack Biyombo.
Apparently, Jackson offered the athletes with tickets to Adele concerts in exchange for the shoes. He claimed that the sneakers would be auctioned to raise money for charities. Lii also pretended to be soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s manager.
Jackson was arrested in May on accusations that he impersonated Adele’s manager, Jonathan Dickins. At the time, he tried to get tickets to Kendrick Lamar’s concert in Miami. Prosecutors charged both Jackson and Lii. They are facing more than a dozen felonies, including identity theft and an organized scheme to defraud.
Other Celebrity Victims
This is not the first time Jackson had been accused of impersonating celebrity reps. He also posed as Adele’s manager in the past to request for memorabilia from other singers including Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Drake. In 2007, Jackson was convicted of first-degree grand theft when he sold $2.4 million worth of jewelry he obtained for claiming to be Madonna’s manager.
In 2015, the New York Daily News reported that Jackson also posed as Oprah Winfrey’s nephew in order to receive perks, including a job with a hotel chain. He also impersonated an aide of President Barack Obama to get gift cards from various companies.
Paul George Trade Rumors
Earlier this month, the Indiana Pacers traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was traded for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Prior to that, however, George nearly signed up for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the trade did not pan out.
During an appearance on The Jump (via CBS Sports), ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that the Cavs were very close to acquiring George. These talks reportedly occurred before NBA free agency began. However, the Pacers pulled out on the offer and said yes to the Thunders’ proposal instead.
“Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30th for Paul George. It was so close, in fact, that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert. Indiana backed out of it and did the Oklahoma City deal,” Wojnarowski wrote.