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Former agent requests Zion Williamson respond to allegations of illegal benefits

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Zion Williamson’s lone season at Duke University is long over, but the impact of his time in Durham is still lingering.

According to Daniel Wallach, a legal analyst for The Athletic, Williamson’s former marketing agent is trying to get the basketball star to admit under oath whether or not he accepted impermissible benefits before he attended college.

Williamson has been dealing with legal cases ever since he made the leap to the NBA. The issue involves Prime Sports Marketing, LLC, a Miami-based agency, who signed Williamson to a contract five days after he declared for the 2019 NBA Draft. The complaint surrounds whether or not Creative Arts Agency (CAA) “tortiously interfered”, as Wallach describes, with Prime Sports’ relationship with Williamson. Prime Sports is arguing that they still have complete control over Williamson’s marketing representation and endorsement deals. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2019 is currently represented by CAA, whose clients include Devin Booker, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Chris Paul, and several other high-profile athletes, not limited to just basketball.

Gina Ford, who was Williamson’s agent at Prime Sports, recently filed a 100-page court claim in which she accuses Williamson of canceling their agreement shortly after $100,000 was wired to Williamson’s stepfather. She is arguing that Williamson and/or a third party “demanded and took monies” in order to secure a future partnership with the agency, without repaying the money.

Wallach provided an in-depth layout of all the fancy inner workings of these court cases, which you can read by clicking the link here. Who knows what this will ultimately mean for Duke or head coach Mike Krzyzewski, but this is going to be a pretty big deal going forward.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

23 Comments for Former agent requests Zion Williamson respond to allegations of illegal benefits

  1. peaches76
    2:52 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    It’s Duke. I don’t think I’d bet my meager earnings on it hurting them.

    • J. Did
      3:56 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

      Has Matt yet to opine?

    • J. Did
      3:58 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink


  2. dhard
    2:53 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    They could have a cancelled check signed by coach K and stating it was for him to play at Duke and the NCAA would tell us there is nothing to see here.

    • jlad
      3:58 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink


  3. crazycatfan65
    3:30 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    The World knows that coach K is pure as the driven snow and God-like in the eyes of the NCAA and all the media, so this will amount to a big fat …N-O-T-H-I-N-G!! There will be nothing to this just like the Corey Maggette situation.

    • UKFanSC
      3:41 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink


    • Megan
      4:08 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

      “N-O-T-H-I-N-G” sounds like a Tammy Wynette song. Somebody adapt the lyrics.

  4. Fitz
    3:39 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    Very smart move since there are implications in “pleading the fifth“ n w civil case if Zion so chooses. I’m not sure if Duke or Coach K are complicit in this case which seems to be allegations Zion got his money from the plaintiff, not anyone at Duke.

    • Han
      4:39 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

      The questions clearly indicate he was lured by someone from/booster for Duke, plus the shoe reps, and shoe reps alone would count as a booster if they’re pushing Duke (especially as part of the shoe deal with Duke/financial gain through ongoing shoe deal).

      Plus if he admits it, he was ineligible and Duke should have to vacate his games. Not that the NCAA has been consistent with strict liability.

  5. Bluebloodtoo
    3:58 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    Hmmm…. this might not be what you all want in the end…..

    • J. Did
      4:01 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

      Please expound…

    • Han
      4:41 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

      Why, because Nike’s involved?

  6. J. Did
    4:00 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    Perhaps, the dook charade will end…the facade – deconstructed.

  7. UKinIN
    4:11 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    Coach K: These are not the droids you’re looking for.
    NCAA: These are not the droids we’re looking for.

  8. bigblue2018
    4:41 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    With the NCAA passing the new rule that players can earn money on their likeness this will be the excuse for the NCAA not to touch Ratface. So, if this happens at Puke which I say will do then they won’t be able to punish Louisville as well for the same thing. This is the best thing that could’ve happened for the TARDS, this is their big break.

  9. W.C.
    4:57 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    Relax BBN . I read with my own eyes that Coach K personally investigated that situation and found nothing out of order. Case closed! Lets not make him mad. He might get the powers that be to rule against a transfer to UK and send him to Duke instead. THIMK !

    • BobbyBlue
      5:44 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

      Dook is described by the Webster Dictionary with two words — Bullet Proof

  10. Lip Man 1
    6:54 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    Cory Maggette, Lance Thomas and now Zion. Sooner or later the hammer will fall on Duke.

    • Megan
      7:24 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

      Nothing is established here. The defendants are simply asking Zion some questions. We don’t know what the answers are. So let’s not jump to the conclusion that he received improper benefits. I know that’s what we all want to believe, but at this point it’s just a question being asked. Let’s leave Zion off your list until we learn more, which, I’m guessing, we won’t.

    • BallDontLie
      1:48 am May 11, 2020 Permalink

      Smoke. Fire. Etc. Adidas wanted to pay to go to Kansas but we are supposed to believe he played at Duke for free instead. It’s just logic. I really don’t care but let’s not act like nothing has been established. Yes, it’s circumstantial but at this point this whole charade is comical.

  11. lexattorney
    11:15 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

    This is the most level-headed post in this thread.

    But it would be a shame if Zion were ineligible and Duke had to remove that banne….oh wait!

  12. ukkatzfan
    12:03 am May 11, 2020 Permalink

    It seems like duke has came and gone with Capel. He seem so crooked U-6 would seem to have him on their radar thinking he was a coach-2 protege. That’s crooked there.