In the federal file opposing the star of the New Orleans Pelicans to his former marketing agent, Gina Ford, the latter brings new evidence. The defendants filed a 38-page affidavit alleging that Zion and his stepfather had accepted $ 400,000 in exchange for exclusive marketing rights to a Canadian company called Maximum Management Group. The affidavit contains the contract with Zion’s signature of October 2018, one month before the start of his Duke basketball career.
The evidence seems overwhelming, but it may be too late. Daniel Wallach, the legal analyst who has been on the frontline throughout the case, makes it clear – Gina Ford’s chance to present direct evidence in this case has probably already passed.
Exciting, but here is the reality:
– It may be too late. Gina Ford had the opportunity to present direct evidence and only submitted research on the Internet.
– And probably irrelevant, anyway. Student-athlete status is also acquired simply by “engaging” in the games. https://t.co/RjsBfG02VC
– Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) July 9, 2020
Although the procedural manner of this case may prevent Zion from answering questions about the contract in court, that does not prevent journalists from putting pressure on Zion and Coach K on the matter.