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NFL Tight End Fred Davis Flashes Courtroom Skills in 'Drink Poured on Head' Dispute

They say that the lawyer who represents himself in court has a fool for a client. That seems to apply even more so to professional football players.

Luke Mullins of Washingtonian magazine has a great scoop about a civil trial involving Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis that has been, until late last week, somehow flying under the radar. The legal mess started 18 months ago, when Davis allegedly dumped a pitcher of juice on the head of Makini R. Chaka at a Washington, D.C., nightclub. Chaka testified that she is a "celebrity broker" who arranges parties for sports stars and other celebs. Davis' bodyguard, however, alleged in court documents that Chaka is engaged in another line of work and that she "often carries her 'pimp-cup' with her," Washingtonian reports. Chaka is demanding damages as a result of Davis' alleged assault, which also left her with an injured lip.

For unknown reasons, both Davis -- who recently signed a one-year, $5.4 million contract with the Redskins -- and Chaka are representing themselves in the case, including at an April hearing at which Davis gave a "closing argument" in which he told the judge the allegations were "just all made up and flagellant."

Trial in the case will not begin until March 2013, but the craziness to come seems to have been foreshadowed a bit by some of the proceedings to date between Chaka and Davis. Take this exchange between what Washingtonian called the "two armchair attorneys" related to a photograph of Chaka and two men:

Davis: "As it shows, you also have your hand on his genitals. I mean why would you take a picture like that?"

Chaka: "I do not. Let's look closely at the exhibit right here, Judge. Where is my hand placed in this exhibit?"

Judge: "I do not answer questions. ... The witness does."

Chaka: "Can you tell me where my hand is actually at in this photo?"

Davis: "It looks like it's in the genitals to me. I mean your hands are on his genitals. Your hand is on his -- "

Chaka: "Objection."

 Or this one concerning the "pimp cup":

Chaka: Let's look at these photos right here. Because I went to college. I go back to my homecoming every year. Why? Because a building on the campus named after a family of my family.

Davis: So, they use a pimp cup, that's all.

Chaka: Mr. Davis, I'm drinking out of a decorated accessory as many celebrities do.

Davis: Many celebrities as who, Magic Don Juan that's a pimp?

Chaka: As Paris Hilton, as Snoop Dog, as Little John -- I work with celebrities. Don’t you think it could have been a gift from one of them?

And don't sleep on this one, which addreses the issue of whether Chaka had been to Davis' house:

Chaka: Mr. Davis, you said that you did not know me on a friendship level. Is it true that I have, that I have or have not been to your home?

Davis: You've never been to my house. You’ve dropped someone off, a teammate to my house but that was it.


Chaka: So we never hung out at your house and stayed the night over there ... and watched episodes of Martin before.

Davis: You’ve never, ever stayed at my house. You’ve been at Devin's house, [former Redskins wide receiver] Devin Thomas's, that's another teammate of mine. You're naming things that we’ve done over his house. He has a studio in his house. He has all those things that you're talking about. I mean, as far as you coming to my house, you dropped someone off.

Surely this legal sparring is just a warm-up for the March 2013 trial in D.C. Superior Court, which should be legendary. As Legal Blog Watch's senior legal correspondent, I may even neeed to attend this one in person.

Posted by Bruce Carton on July 2, 2012 at 04:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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