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Drew Brees wants a whole lot more than a quarter back from jeweler

Posted On: Dec. 5, 2018 12:14 PM CST

Drew Brees wants a whole lot more than a quarter back from jeweler

Diamonds are not a Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s best friend.

Drew Brees, who famously led his New Orleans Saints to victory in Super Bowl XLIV, is now locked in a battle in the courtroom rather than on the field with former friend and jeweler Vahid Moradi. The most valuable player of that 2010 championship game claims he bought $15 million in investment-grade jewelry from Mr. Moradi from 2012 to 2016, but recently discovered that the jewelry was worth only $6 million. The collection included a blue diamond ring Mr. Brees bought in March 2015 for $8.1 million that he found was worth $3.7 million, according to the lawsuit Mr. Brees filed in April.

But Mr. Moradi is trying to avoid taking a sack, arguing in court that Mr. Brees and his wife rushed their resale of the jewelry due to alleged financial struggles – a claim denied by Mr. Brees, who will have made more than $220 million in 18 seasons in professional football.

A trial is set for June 14, with a settlement not expected to be reached before then, according to lawyers for the Brees family, meaning Mr. Brees, who surpassed Peyton Manning for the most passing yards in National Football League history in October, could play in another Super Bowl on Feb. 3 before the issue is resolved.

A deposition of the Brees family’s financial adviser is scheduled for Wednesday at an Austin, Texas-based law firm in a city where Mr. Brees grew up and won a state championship with Westlake High School in 1996.

Talk about a home-field advantage.