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Panthers' Kony Ealy named in bizarre lawsuit involving a dog

Sunday, February 14, 2016 8:27:53 AM America/Los_Angeles

Had the Panthers found a way to beat the Broncos in Super Bowl 50, there's a good chance defensive end Kony Ealy would've been MVP. Instead, the well-deserved honor went to Denver linebacker Von Miller. Now that Ealy is back in Charlotte, he finds himself in the middle of a bizarre lawsuit involving a dog and a former local sports bar owner.

Kris Johnson says that Ealy and his brother, "Danny "Dogman" Jones, conned him out of $3,000, according to the Charlotte Observer's Michael Gordon.

Johnson says in the suit that he was first approached by Ealy and Jones while he was cutting grass at an $800,000 Charlotte home he was trying to sell. Johnson also says he owns a rare and expensive Mercedes and the combination of the nice house and high-end automobile made him a target for fraud.

All Johnson had to do was pony up $6,000 for the breeding female. Johnson was hesitant to fork over the entire amount and instead wrote a check for $3,000. When the plan never came together, Johnson says he repeatedly asked for a refund but Ealy and Jones didn't return his calls.

Ealy couldn't be reached for comment by the Observer, but attorney Kenneth Raynor says that Ealy and Jones "dispute the allegations ... and I plan on vigorously defending the lawsuit."

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