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Duke’s men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is believed to have been removed from the game as part of Gina Ford’s lawsuit against former Blue Devils star Zion Williamson.
Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated reported the news, noting that lawyers for Ford, who works for Prime Sports Marketing and represented Williamson, are in the process of discovering the lawsuit and are looking for various people who may testify.
This includes the legendary trainer.
“We will not leave any stones unreturned if you receive my message,” said lawyer Willie Gary when asked if Krzyzewski would face a statement.
Forde summed it up, noting that Williamson had sued Ford and Prime Sports Marketing last June in an attempt to end the agency deal. The New Orleans Pelicans striker signed with Creative Artists Agency after entering into the agreement and said he could do so because the previous agreement violated the North Carolina Uniform Athlete Agents Act because Prime Sports is not certified as a state-registered athlete agent.
In response, Ford sued Williamson for breaching their contract and seeks $ 100 million in damages.
According to lawyers with whom Forde spoke, proving that Williamson had received unlawful benefits during his stay with Duke would mean that he could not be covered by the uniform law on athletes’ agents since he was not a student -eligible athlete.
The lawyers said they were looking to prove that Williamson or his family received gifts, money, housing and possibly a car.
This comes after Daniel Wallach of The Athletic forwarded Ford’s applications for admission asking Williamson to say that he had received such benefits from sources such as Duke, Nike and Adidas:
Daniel Wallach @WALLACHLEGAL
NEW: Former Zion Williamson marketing agent served requests for admission to his trial by asking him to admit that he had received “money, benefits, favors or other things of value To attend Duke University and to wear and / or use Nike and Adidas.
Sensational. Which are intensified quickly. https://t.co/59gWX5bNKX
Wallach stressed that the possibility remains, it is an effort to convince the star recruit to settle down:
Daniel Wallach @WALLACHLEGAL
These discovery requests are more like a veiled threat (“settle it down!”) Than a legitimate request for relevant information to strengthen claims. The timing is also questionable, as the FL case is currently pending against Zion Williamson when he appeals a decision to dismiss personal jurisdiction.
Forde noted that Williamson was also mentioned in federal court in 2018 during a college basketball corruption trial. Consultant Adidas Merl Code explained to Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend what Williamson’s stepfather was looking for when he recruited, which was revealed in the transcript of a wiretap.
“I know what he’s asking for,” said Code. “He asks for opportunities from a professional point of view, he asks for money in his pocket and he asks for accommodation for himself and his family. “
Williamson played for Duke in the 2018-19 season and won the Associated Press Player of the Year and Wooden Award. New Orleans selected him with the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.