Tight End Antonio Gates speaks with the press after the first day of 2015 mini camp. Photo by Chris Stone
Former Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and his wife are suing AIG Property Casualty Co., alleging the insurer breached a contract to compensate them for a nearly $1 million burglary at their Encino home.
The 40-year-old Gates and his spouse, television personality Sasha Gates, brought the suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
They seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages related to the 2018 incident.
An AIG representative could not be reached for a response.
The Gates home, built in 2016 with six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and more than 8,500 square feet, was burglarized on Dec. 2, 2018, as Sasha and the couple’s children slept inside, the suit states.
Gates, who played for both the San Diego and Los Angeles Chargers, was away at work during the weeks before and after the burglary, according to the suit.
Neither his wife nor her children were hurt, the suit states. She called Los Angeles police, who took the residence’s security video and saw at least two people casually entering through the front garage door, the suit states.
In the ensuing months, the Gates determined the burglars stole a significant amount of their personal property, including designer clothing, shoes, purses, jackets, artwork and sports memorabilia, according to the suit.
They believe the same people previously victimized them and that the…