FORMER OLYMPIC SPRINTER BEN JOHNSON AND HIS DEAD LAWYER
Former Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson is suing the estate of his late lawyer for $37 million.
Johnson was a Canadian Olympic sprinter and formerly The World’s Fastest Man. He was one of the first major athletes to be involved in a steroids scandal. In 1988 Johnson was kicked out of the Olympics and stripped of all his medals and records.
The lawsuit contends attorney Ed Futterman took advantage of Johnson. The suit also contends Johnson was incapable of understanding complex legal documents. Johnson’s own lawsuit contends, psychiatric experts concluded in 1989 that “there is overwhelming evidence that Mr. Johnson is intellectually retarded.”
Johnson is actually the second athlete to play the “retard” card. In 2000 former Los Angeles Dodgers star Pedro Guerrero was acquitted on drug charges after his lawyer convinced a Forida jury that he was too stupid to be a drug dealer. The attorney argued on record that Guerrero was a sixth grade dropout with an IQ of 70. The lawyer said since Guerrero was unable to perform simple tasks like being able to write a check or make a bed there was no way he could have dealt drugs. The jury bought it and found Guerrero innocent on all charges.