The New York Knicks sued the Toronto Raptors, claiming a former Knicks worker stole scouting reviews and different proprietary info after getting a job supply on the rival Nationwide Basketball Affiliation crew.


The Knicks filed swimsuit Monday in opposition to the Raptors, the Toronto crew’s head coach, Darko Rajaković, and the previous worker, Ikechukwu Azotam, in Manhattan federal courtroom. The New York crew claims Azotam, who labored in its video analytics and participant improvement teams, started stealing info in early August to help novice coach Rajaković in establishing his teaching and video staffs.

“Defendant Rajaković and the opposite Raptor defendants recruited and used Azotam to function a mole inside the Knicks group to convey info that may help the Raptors Defendants in attempting to handle their crew,” the Knicks stated of their criticism. “Knicks’ information present that the stolen recordsdata have been accessed over 2,000 instances by the Raptors defendants.”

The Raptors and their guardian firm, Maple Leaf Sports activities & Leisure Ltd., stated in a press release Monday that they acquired a letter on Thursday bringing the Knicks’ allegations to their consideration.


“MLSE responded promptly, making clear our intention to conduct an inner investigation and to totally cooperate,” the corporate stated within the assertion. “The corporate strongly denies any involvement within the issues alleged.”

Along with sending the Raptors scouting reviews on the Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks, Azotam additionally despatched play frequency reviews, a prep guide and a hyperlink to his account with Synergy Sports activities Know-how LLC, a third-party video analytics firm whose software program the Knicks use to edit and analyze recreation movies, based on the lawsuit. The Knicks declare Azotam was particularly instructed to gather hundreds of video clips of Raptors gamers.

The Knicks declare their insider menace safety crew found the thefts final week. They’re looking for unspecified damages and a courtroom order forcing the defendants to cease utilizing any of the data they declare was stolen.

In keeping with the swimsuit, Azotam labored for the Knicks from October 2020 till this month. By the point he left to work for the Raptors, Azotam oversaw a crew that edited and produced recreation movies utilized by the Knicks’ coaches for scouting, recruiting and making ready for upcoming video games, based on the Knicks.

The Knicks declare the Toronto crew started recruiting Azotam in June for subsequent season. In late July he informed the Knicks he’d be leaving to affix the Raptors and commenced secretly sending info from his Knicks e mail account to his private e mail, the crew stated in its criticism. Later he emailed knowledge to his new Raptors e mail account.

The case is New York Knicks LLC v. Maple Leaf Sports activities & Leisure, 23-cv-07394, US District Courtroom, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

Picture: TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 10: Derrick Rose #4 of the New York Knicks and Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors battle for the ball throughout the first half of their basketball recreation on the Scotiabank Enviornment on December 10, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Picture by Mark Blinch/Getty Photographs)

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