Supporter claims to have suffered health problems as a result of point-guard’s absence.
Many people would consider themselves die-hard fans of a sportsperson or indeed a club.
But a 25-year-old Illinois man has taken it a step further after filing a lawsuit against Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose in a bid to pursue damages from him.
Matthew Thompson is a life-long Bulls fan said he has suffered mental and physical health problems as a result of Rose not playing the entire 2013 NBA regular season.
Rose suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament a year ago and has been in rehabilitation ever since undergoing reconstructive surgery.
His return to the Chicago line-up has been heavily mooted in recent weeks ahead of the playoffs, but he has yet to take to the court.
In his claim, Thompson said he has had mental breakdowns and been suffering emotional stress as a result of Rose not playing, which has led to obesity issues.
According to reports, Thompson claims Rose has shown negligent behaviour by not returning to action despite being cleared by team doctors.
Despite the apparent seriousness of the claims, it is yet to be seen if Peoria County Officials will follow through with the lawsuit.
The Chicago Bulls take on the Brooklyn Nets in the first game of their eastern conference series with the first clash taking place at the Barclays Center on Saturday with Rose not expected to play in game one.