Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Woman sues NYC for $10 million claiming her interest in LA Clippers was diagnosed as paranoid behavior: Report

A woman has filed a $10 million lawsuit after claiming she was held against her will held by a New York City psychiatric hospital for paranoid thoughts just because she was checking up on the Los Angeles Clippers and the Donald Sterling situation.

Dare Matthews is suing the city after the 24-year-old was taken to Bellevue Hospital after a spat with two workers at her apartment building and then kept her in the infamous loony bin for six days after doctors classified her perceived obsession with the NBA team as paranoid and that she was suffering a behavioral disorder.

But according to the New York Daily News, Matthews claims she was only kept in the facility because she wanted to read the latest news on her cellphone about the Clippers and the downfall of the team's former owner.

According to court papers, police were called to the apartment block on West 33rd Street after two workers there called 911. Matthews, who has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, was then taken to Bellevue by the emergency services.

She said that doctors used her love of the NBA team against her after she wanted to read updates on her team but wasn't allowed to check her cellphone.

Her attorney Rose Weber told the New York Daily News: "Doctors decided she thought the Clippers were somehow controlling her thoughts and that her Twitter was part of it.

"They took every innocent thing and made it into a crazy symptom."

Matthews claims she was medicated during the stay and that her Twitter account had been hacked.

One doctor wrote that Matthews was “internally stimulated and smiling inappropriately’ when in fact the television was on and plaintiff was watching it and was laughing at ‘The Jerry Springer show,’” the suit reads.

Wow. That just plain nuts.

The hospital has declined to comment due to patient privacy while a city law spokesman said the suit would be reviewed.

Sterling's ownership of the Clippers made headlines last year after he appeared to make racist remarks and was then banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million.

Fair warning Knicks fans: Keep those delusional playoff thoughts to yourselves — or the padded room awaits.

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