CARMELO ANTHONY/KEVIN DURANT: AMONG PLAYERS SUING NBA
NEW YORK (AP) -- As if it wasn't messy enough before, the NBA labor dispute has taken an even nastier turn now. Some of the locked-out players, including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, have filed class-action antitrust lawsuits against the league. The players say the take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum issued by Commissioner David Stern left them no other choice but to go to court. The players are now claiming in court that the NBA lockout violates antitrust laws by refusing the allow players to work. The attorney now representing the players claims that the now-disbanded union has the upper hand in the dispute because the latest proposal suggests the collective bargaining process has ended. The players are seeking "treble damages" -- meaning triple the amount of the more than $2 billion they would have made under a full 2011-12 season.