In February 2016, P.B. Lavine, who was playing for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals, was playing with friends at a bar in the South Loop.
He was wearing his black-and-white socks and a pair of wool slipper shoes.
As the night went on, he started to look a bit different.
He started to wear a baseball cap with black stripes around the collar, and he looked like a man in a white suit.
“I don’t think it was a very big deal, because I was just wearing socks,” LaVinue says.
“But after that, it was like, Oh, I’m in a different world.”
The next morning, LaVigne woke up in the hospital, and the Chicago Sun-Times broke the story.
Within hours, Lavines father, a retired Chicago police officer, tweeted that he had a concussion and was going to need surgery to repair his neck.
“My wife was in the ER for six hours and I was in hospital for the better part of the next four,” Lavie says.
The next day, LaVar’s brother, Lonzo, told ESPN that LaVie’s mother, who lives in California, had been trying to contact his brother through a cell phone while he was in a coma, and she never got through.
But LaVines mother and her boyfriend were not there at the time of LaVieu’s death.
“The only time I ever heard from her was after the game,” Lonzo says.
As for the Bulls, they initially declined to release any information on the incident, saying that LaVar LaVies death was under investigation and the team was still sorting out what to do with him.
But on Monday, the Bulls announced that they had filed a lawsuit against LaViere, accusing him of using his fame to “intimidate and humiliate” the family and the community.
On Tuesday, the team announced it had hired a former Chicago police detective to conduct a thorough review of the case.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Lavarie said that he was aware of the incident but felt the Bulls should have spoken up sooner.
“That’s why I’m just like, I just can’t say anything, man,” he says.
It is not the first time that Lavaries fame has led to controversy.
In 2012, he had to apologize after he called a reporter a “c—,” a term he had previously used to describe a female reporter in a Sports Illustrated interview.
But that incident didn’t lead to a legal fight, and LaVar later told the Chicago Daily News that he thought he had gotten away with it.
“You can’t have it both ways,” LaVar said.
“And I don’t know if I would’ve done that if I was on the receiving end of it.
I feel bad for the girl.”