NFL legend Warren Moon is apparently a Miami Heat fan. So much so that when someone approached him with the opportunity to not only buy courtside tickets but also a 5 percent stake in the team, Moon jumped on the deal and transferred $200,000. Turns out the whole thing was a scam, and Moon didn't even get his tickets.
According to MyFoxLA, a con man named George French Jones approached Moon with the offer. The man offered Moon four floor tickets and a minority-ownership stake, all for a down payment of $200,000.
Moon had his agent transfer the money to an account belonging to Jones, but then the con man disappeared.
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Apparently, though, Moon never thought to check with Heat owner Micky Arison or anyone else associated with the franchise he thought he was buying into before transferring the money. We're pretty sure stakes in sports teams aren't sold by shady guys who throw in floor tickets to sweeten the deal. A trip to the owner's box would at least be more believable.
Moon, of course, is now suing Jones -- if he can be found.
Jones might have also targeted other retired athletes, including Patriots Super Bowl player Jarvis Green and eight-time NFL Pro Bowler Charles Woodson. The FBI is involved and is trying to determine if Jones is still contacting athletes.