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Former Steeler Okobi sued by Trafford business over $600 debt

| Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

A Trafford sports business is taking former Steeler Chukky Okobi to court to collect a $600 debt it claims he has owed since March.

The All American Baseball Center filed a civil complaint this month against Okobi, 35, of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, with Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

All American features an indoor baseball training center and outside fields on former Westinghouse properties. Its complaint, filed by general manager Daniel Ninemire, does not specify the reason for Okobi's debt.

“He has received emails, letters and a registered letter requesting payment,” Ninemire wrote in the complaint. “No response.”

Okobi, who owns The Mansion at Maple Heights, a bed and breakfast and rental facility in Squirrel Hill, did not return a message requesting comment.

The retired offensive lineman played in six seasons for the Steelers, who drafted him in 2001.

In April, Okobi pleaded guilty to a summary count of harassment related to a fight at a bar in Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood last year.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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