Zion Williamson's ongoing lawsuit with his former agent now has possible implications for Duke University.
Court documents released on Sunday by Daniel Wallach — game law and sports betting attorney, as well as legal analyst for The Athletic — shows Prime Sports Marketing president Gina Ford has served Williamson with requests for admission over several potential NCAA-related issues.
Each of Ford's 11 claims, per Wallach release, relate to Williamson's knowledge that his mother, Sharonda Sampson, and stepfather, Lee Anderson, received and/or demanded money and benefits to influence where he would play college basketball. Ford claims his family received such impermissible benefits from Duke, Nike and Adidas.
NEW: Zion Williamson’s former marketing agent has served requests for admission in their lawsuit asking him to admit that he received “money, benefits, favors or other things of value” to attend Duke University and to wear and/or use Nike and Adidas.— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) May 10, 2020
Wow. That escalated quickly. pic.twitter.com/59gWX5bNKX
Neither Duke nor the NCAA has acknowledged Ford's claims as of the time of this writing.
Williamson in April 2019 signed a contract with Prime Sports Marketing that was supposed to last five years. However, he sued Prime Sports Marketing on June 13 to terminate their contract, insisting it was void under North Carolina’s Uniform Athlete Agent Act. On June 19, Ford filed a lawsuit against Williamson in the state of Florida for $100 million in damages.
Wiliamson signed a deal with Creative Artists Agency to represent him on May 30. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, the day after Ford filed the lawsuit against him.