NBA Player Robin Lopez May Testify In “Buzzy Trial”
This story just keeps going to new heights of strange.
The Milwaukee Bucks Robin Lopez, who happens to be 7-feet tall, may testify in a trial stemming from the sad story of a Disney Cast Member who allegedly stole items from Disney World.
NBA’s Robin Lopez to Testify?
The Orlando Sentinel’s Gabrielle Russon reported:
NBA player Robin Lopez could get called onto the witness stand in January during the criminal trial for a former Disney employee who has been accused of sneaking behind the scenes at Disney World and stealing rare items to sell.
Lopez had unknowingly purchased clothes that belonged to Buzzy, a defunct Epcot animatronic — items that authorities said were stolen, according to court records.
The Milwaukee Bucks player, a Disney fan and collector, bought the clothes from Patrick Spikes after connecting on eBay, Lopez’s friend Brett Finley told the Orange County Sheriff’s office in an interview later released by the state attorney’s office. Lopez later texted to the Orlando Sentinel that he had returned the items.
The Buzzy Trial
MickeyBlog.com covered this story earlier this year, but Russon synopsized the scenario:
Spikes and his cousin, Blaytin Taunton, now face several criminal charges and are scheduled to stand trial in January, according to court records. Both men have pleaded not guilty.
The state attorney’s office released a list of people who could be called as witnesses during the trial which included Lopez and Lopez’s friend, Finley, a certified public accountant from Winter Park.
Other potential witnesses on the list included several Disney World employees who worked in costuming for animatronics, character performing and security, according to their LinkedIn profiles, as well as law enforcement officials.
Russon’s reporting on the Florida theme parks may be found on OrlandoSentinel.com.