John Suayan Jul. 18, 2016, 3:10pm


A Fort Bend County man claims his son sustained injuries while playing with a portable basketball system at their home.

Richmond resident Nawaid Isa sued Academy Sports + Outdoors, Fruit of the Loom, Inc., Russell Brands, LLC, and American Athletic, Inc. over the product in question in the Fort Bend County 400th District Court last Mar. 18.

The lawsuit, which was sent to Houston federal court on July 11, explains that Isa purchased the Spalding 54-inch Acrylic Portable Basketball System from an Academy store in Houston and “self-assembled the hoop precisely following the steps illustrated in the manual that came with the system.”

Isa’s son, Rayyan Nawaid, was playing under the system on his driveway earlier this year when when, suddenly, the heavy metal rim fell on his face severely damaging his jaw, front teeth and gum, court documents state.

The elder Isa adds the child avoided major head injuries, but requires numerous procedures to repair and preserve four of his front teeth.

Academy is accused of selling the basketball system while Fruit of the Loom, Russell Brands, and American Athletic, and Spalding are faulted for the product’s manufacturing, design, and marketing.

The complaint consequently seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Isa is representing himself and his son.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:16-CV-2041

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