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Zion Williamson‘s former advertising and marketing supervisor, Gina Ford, claimed the previous Duke star ought to have been “completely ineligible” to play faculty basketball.
In a brand new court docket submitting obtained by lawyer Daniel Wallach, Ford stated there’s “info in public information” that Williamson and/or his dad and mom obtained “monies, advantages and/or different prohibited advantages” that may have negated his standing as a student-athlete beneath the Uniform Athlete Brokers Act (UAAA).
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BREAKING: Gina Ford ramps up declare that Zion Williamson obtained cash to attend Duke and was “completely ineligible” to be a student-athlete; in new court docket submitting, she opposes granting judgment to Zion, and says discovery is required from Duke and Coach Okay on ‘pay-to-play’ concern. https://t.co/x04yY3BvHm
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The general public report proof that Gina Ford depends on to sow doubts about Zion Williamson’s eligibility as a “student-athlete” are varied reveals from SNDY faculty basketball corruption case. Amongst them are textual content messages between Nike officers discussing cost to Zion in 2017. https://t.co/FFW4dVKvgn
Per Sports activities Illustrated‘s Pat Forde, Williamson’s housing scenario whereas at Duke “proves nothing”:
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Newest Zion vs. Gina Ford will get into his alleged household housing whereas at Duke. The image in “Exhibit F” filed yesterday matches the home that was rumored to be the place they lived in Durham. I do know as a result of I took a pic of the identical home in Jan. ’19. Proves nothing. https://t.co/GOYlnqxoOh
Williamson initially signed a five-year advertising and marketing take care of Ford and Prime Sports activities Advertising and marketing after declaring for the 2019 NBA draft, however he filed a lawsuit in opposition to Ford and Prime Sports activities two months later to declare that contract null and void.
The argument from Williamson and his attorneys is “the settlement was illegal beneath North Carolina’s Uniform Athlete Brokers Act as a result of Prime Sports activities shouldn’t be licensed by the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation or a registered athlete agent in North Carolina or Florida.”
Ford responded by filing a $100 million lawsuit in opposition to Williamson and his new representatives at CAA Sports activities on the night time earlier than the 2019 draft.
Per ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, Ford’s attorneys filed a movement final month asking Williamson to confess his mom and stepfather “demanded and obtained presents, cash and different advantages from individuals appearing on behalf of Adidas and Nike and in addition from folks related to Duke to affect him to signal with the Blue Devils and to put on Nike or Adidas merchandise.”
Jeffrey S. Klein, Williamson’s lawyer, informed Schlabach the brand new submitting from Ford and Prime Sports activities is a “shameful try and distract from their admitted violations of North Carolina regulation.”