Photo by Tim Shelby via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Tim Shelby via Wikimedia Commons

A settlement was reached in a lawsuit by a Los Angeles Lakers fan who alleged he was punched by James Harden after telling the Houston Rockets guard that Kobe Bryant was a better player.

Attorneys for Harden filed court papers with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Raphael stating that the assault/battery suit brought by Barak Golan was resolved. No terms were divulged.

Harden was riding in the back seat of an SUV leaving the parking lot of the Greystone Manor nightclub in West Hollywood on Nov. 3, 2013, when he rolled down a window and was recognized by Golan, who shouted to the NBA player, “Kobe owns your (epithet),” the suit states.

“Immediately thereafter, defendant Harden punched plaintiff in the face as the vehicle proceeded to turn left out of the parking lot,” according to the lawsuit, which says Harden then made an obscene gesture toward Golan as the SUV went north on La Cienega Boulevard.

Golan, who filed the case in November 2013, had to see a doctor for his injuries and also suffered emotional distress, according to his complaint.

Harden, 25, finished second in the voting this season for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award behind Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

— Wire reports

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