Report: Nerlens Noel sued for allegedly trashing rental home

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There’s a reason some landlords are hesitant to rent to college-age men. Because, well, have you ever seen the inside of a fraternity house?

Beware even if those renters are professional basketball players with plenty of cash.

Sixers big man Nerlens Noel is being sued for damaged by a former landlord — and by damages we mean a tornado may have done less damage than the lawsuit alleges. From TMZ ( hat tip CSNPhilly.com):

The 21-year-old Philadelphia 76ers star rented a 4,800 square foot home outside of Philly back in September 2014 — paying $54,000 for a 1 year lease. But he not only trashed the place and left weed throughout the home … he also allegedly threatened the owners after he moved out.

What exactly is alleged?

— “Splashed neon colored sports drinks (such as Gatorade) on the carpets throughout the home.”
— $30,000 in other damage to carpets
— Extreme water damage throughout the home
— Clogged toilets filled with cotton balls and feces
— Broken elevator
— $4,000 in damage to the stove
— damage to the fridge
— damage to the blinds
— damage to dishwasher
— torn window screens

Just as a homeowner, how do you do $4,000 damage to a stove? Use a sledgehammer? Must have been a heck of a stove.

The suit is asking for $75,000 in repairs, including getting rid of the tombstone with “RIP” spray painted on it that the owners allege was left by Noel. TMZ has pictures if you’re curious.

The Sixers’ response?

This sounds like something that gets settled quickly but not before it ends up costing far more in attorney fees than it should.