Ray Lewis has filed a lawsuit against his former attorney and business partner, claiming he was duped out of more than $1.5 million after lending his name to a failed real estate development project.
The lawsuit, filed last week in Baltimore Circuit Court against Marc Seldin Rosen, claims that Lewis believed he was only lending his name and likeness to the MVP Lanes entertainment complex, a Hunt Valley project announced 2009 but which never materialized.
Lewis claims Rosen at one point persuaded him to sign over a line of credit that Rosen used to obtain $1.5 million for the project. Lewis said he has been on the hook for the money and never been paid back.
The lawsuit claims legal malpractice, breach of contract, fraud, among other counts. Lewis’ attorney, Steven Freeman of Towson, declined to comment on the suit, and Rosen did not return a call seeking comment.
Jeffrey M. Kotz, an attorney who represented MVP Lanes LLC during the project, said in a statement that Lewis’ allegations are “false” and that he was “integrally involved from the outset” and “knowingly made his financial commitments.”
“The MVP project was a business venture that failed, but that does not justify Mr. Lewis re-writing history in a lawsuit,” Kotz said.
Lewis and Rosen worked together for years, and Rosen was a member of the board of directors for Lewis’ non-profit foundation.
The sports themed entertainment site was to include bowling, an arcade, restaurants, with visions of it possibly becoming a national chain.