Tim Hardaway's Convict Business Partners

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It seems all millionaire athletes, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, like to bring longtime pals into their financial fold. What better way to show you haven't forgotten your roots?

But when your buds tend to end up in court facing credit card fraud, battery, and heroin dealing charges, you might want to give them a low-impact position in your empire, such as Guy Who Keeps the Escalade Running on Cold Days. Not, for instance, Business Partner.

Tim Hardaway, we're talking to you.

Everybody's favorite homophobic retired point guard appears to have run into money trouble of late, despite $47 million earned in the NBA and a current suit-and-tie job with the Miami Heat. In September, the team threw Hardaway a financial alley-oop by buying his suburban Miami mansion but allowing him to continue living there, so that he could pay off a $120,000 IRS lien.

Hardaway's vice appears to be plenty of ill-conceived and/or badly run businesses, if Florida corporation records are any guide. Since 1998, he's founded 15 establishments and most seem to have kicked the bucket: There are House of Wings, US 1 Finest Hand Car Wash & Service, Finest New York Style Pizza, and the mysterious Stabilizair, Inc.

Hardaway made some dubious choices in picking partners for those businesses. As New Times disclosed last month, his official sidekick in both the pizza place and upscale car wash joint was Cory Mason. Hardaway's old friend was arrested in 2000 for offering an undercover detective "$10 or $20" for "head," according to a police report, and in 2007 for turning the car wash outfit into his own personal credit card fraud operation.

Mason was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison and has since declared bankruptcy. Reached on his cell phone, Mason told New Times that he was under orders from Hardaway's reps not to answer our questions. "They've told me not to even get involved," he said, adding that Hardaway himself also wouldn't be talking to us.

Gerald Kancey, Hardaway's partner in House of Wings, has an equally toxic criminal record, having been convicted in 1986 of cocaine possession and carrying a concealed weapon. Seven years later, he was charged with battery on a police officer, a charge that was knocked down to a misdemeanor. And in 1998, he was accused of assault and battery in a case that was dismissed. Sprinkled liberally throughout Kancey's record: accusations of domestic violence.

Even Hardaway's partner in his children's charity, Tim Hardaway Foundation, has a criminal record. In 1991 and 1992, Paul Jacques LaRoche was charged with dealing heroin, entering a drug program each time. We're all for second chances, Tim -- but are you really shocked that organizations run with these dudes aren't exactly the most efficient corporations this side of Microsoft?

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michie
michie

You obviously did not do your research. Paul LaRoche did infact may have had those charges but became an amazing therapist in an inpatient drug rehabilitation center. He is paying back to his community and helping people like himself. He helped me during one of the hardest times in my life. He's not perfect, but an amazing human. I am forever indebt to him for helping me build an amazing life for myself and my family.

ojej3
ojej3

i washed my car at the car wash, for free

S.
S.

those wings were delicious

frus305
frus305

I don't think Tim's business partners backgrounds should be of any relevance unless there was criminal conduct done within the businesses themselves. Further, you bring up a 13 year old charge from the wing partner and slanderous print that he has domestic violence charges is FALSE information. I think before printing information you should verify that the info you print is accurate because in this case it is not. Then you bring up 20 and 21 year old charges from the childrens' charity. I am certain that if you do some REAL research it would show that Miami itself was built and financed by drug organizations. Hell America was built on the back of illegal activity. So before you attempt to run names through the mud, look close at the country in which you live and call home. Now isn't that the pot calling the kettle black.There are plenty of criminals running large corporations. Not to mention the owners of this publication were the target of a criminal grand jury investigation?

AC
AC

The guy who wrote this article is pathetic. I agree with the 1st comment. He is a no body trying to be famous and never will because his work sucks. He must envy these guys since he is always writing about them. Because this is not news to me. This is why no one reads these articles here because of want to be writers like him. Have you seen this dorks facebook page. He looks like a a nerd who was bullied as a kid and is now trying to get all his anger out as an adult. Grow up Moron.

primodonna
primodonna

You saying it's not news but yet you're here reading and better yet replying. I will keep it real, every now and then I like to indulge in a little gossip, so that is why I come to this sight. I don't know Tim personally but he might wan to check his circle. Somebody is leaking info big time. And you guys need to stop complaining, this is America. We are known for running names through the ground. Best advice: Stay out of monkey business. Just because others are profiting from illegal business doesn't mean it is good for you. Should of hanged around Alonzo more often. probably would of learned something

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