NBA team reaches settlement in case involving an exploding exercise ball.

The AP (10/31) reports, “The Sacramento Kings have settled a lawsuit over an exercise ball the teams says exploded and injured a player.” According to the AP, “Roger Dreyer, the attorney who represented the NBA team and injured swingman Francisco Garcia, told the newspaper the settlement amount was confidential,” but described it as extremely favorable to his clients. The story explains that “the Kings and Garcia claimed the ball exploded in October 2009 while Garcia was balancing on it and lifting weights, causing injuries that included a broken forearm.”

        The Sacramento (CA) Business Journal (10/31, Johnson, Subscription Publication) notes that “in December 2010 the Kings and Garcia filed a product liability lawsuit against M-F Athletic Co. Inc., a Rhode Island company that does business as Perform Better and distributes the Gymnic ‘Burst Resistant’ Plus Stability Ball, and Ball Dynamics International LLC in Colorado and Italian manufacturer Ledraplastic S.p.a.” Also, “the Kings organization banned the exercise ball from the training room after the incident.”