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Judge denies request in lawsuit involving Kawhi Leonard injury

Fan, business owner asked for temporary restraining order

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – A judge on Wednesday denied a request by a San Antonio Spurs fan and a business owner who filed a lawsuit against Golden State Warrior center ZaZa Pachulia in connection with the injury to Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard.

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Spurs fan Juan Vasquez and the owner of What’s on Second filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order against Pachulia that would essentially prohibit him from playing in the Western Conference Finals.

Pachulia's foot ended up under Leonard's ankle while he was shooting a jump shot in Game 1 of the series Sunday. Leonard re-injured his ankle and didn't return to the game and missed Game 2.

The lawsuit claims the injury has impacted fans, community, season-ticket holders and businesses that promote the Spurs.

Related story: Pachulia responds to Popovich's comments

"All we are asking from the court is that this type of behavior, that can and does cause serious injury to our team and those that love it, not be allowed in San Antonio," lead attorney Alfonso Kennard Jr. said.

State District Judge Norma Gonzales on Wednesday denied the temporary restraining order.

The lawsuit seeks damages not to exceed $73,000.

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