Dwyane Wade Sues Fake Baron For $100 Million

By Randall Stevens  |  06/04/2009

Dwyane WadeNBA star, Dwyane Wade, recently filed a $100 million lawsuit against a fake Baron he says has tried to slander his name with his basketball organization.

According to TMZ, the Miami Heat guard has hit a man named Baron Richard von Houtman with a lawsuit, citing slander and libel, for allegedly telling his basketball coach that he has used cocaine and steroids.

In the court papers, Wade says it should be obvious Houtman is a lair, simply because of his bogus use of the Baron title.

Here's what he says in the suit:

"Despite the abolition of the monarchies at the beginning of the 20th century, and notwithstanding that the defendant did not begin using the alias "von Houtman" until sometime around 1995, the makeover of the defendants identity was not complete until 1998."

"Given the lack of any historical record ... it is the defendants own grandiose vision of himself that motivated the use of the title or, perhaps, an intention to falsely communicate to others a sense of prestige."

Wade and Houtman were former business partners who teamed up to build a restaurant chain called D. Wade's Place. However, Houtman ended up suing Wade for failing to complete marketing obligations on his end.

When it was all said and done, only two restaurants were opened via the partnership and later closed. Houtman sued Wade in 2008 over the business deal gone wrong.

Now, Wade is returning the favor.