Updates on James Harden Being Sued for Allegedly Punching a Lakers Fan

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden is reportedly being sued by a Lakers supporter after he allegedly punched the fan in Los Angeles.    

TMZ broke the news:

According to the lawsuit, Harden was on his way out of Greystone Manor nightclub in West Hollywood November 3rd—riding in the back seat of some SUV—when he rolled the window down to greet fans.

That's when a man named Barak Golan says he shouted at Harden, "Kobe owns your ass!" and Harden allegedly socked him in the face.

But Harden wasn't done ... Barak says the Rockets guard flipped him off as his SUV sped away.

Barak is now suing for assault and battery, demanding unspecified damages. Harden's reps had no comment.

As a result of his success on the court and his unique look, Harden has become one of the faces of the NBA. He's appeared in commercials for Foot Locker and was also featured in an ad the league made to hype up its new sleeved Christmas Day jerseys.     

The NBA certainly won't like seeing one of its biggest stars being sued for his alleged involvement in a physical confrontation with a fan.   

Even if this lawsuit goes nowhere, the 24-year-old finds himself in the news for all the wrong reasons because of it. He'll want to make sure this ends as quickly and quietly as possible in order to move on and shift the focus back to his on-court performance.

Harden leads the Rockets in points (24.2) and assists (5.4) per game, and boasts a 21.08 PER. Even with the arrival of Dwight Howard, there's no question that Harden remains the biggest star in Houston.