Zion Williamson is off the hook – for now.
According to The Athletic’s Daniel Wallach, a state appeals court in Florida granted Williamson a full stay of his civil lawsuit brought on by Gina Ford and Prime Sports Marketing, who is suing the New Orleans Pelicans rookie for $100 million for an alleged breach of contract.
BREAKING: Zion Williamson is granted a full stay of the Florida lawsuit brought by Gina Ford. The 3rd DCA’s Order states that “the trial court’s proceedings are hereby stayed.” This means that he will not have to answer Ford’s discovery requests – for now – as venue shifts to NC. pic.twitter.com/oGhAf7IngS
— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) June 17, 2020
A temporary stay was granted to Williamson in early June and on Wednesday, the full stay was granted, meaning the basketball phenom will not have to answer questions about whether or not he received improper benefits to attend Duke University. Before the stays were instituted, a Miami judge ruled that Williamson had to answer questions under oath regarding his eligibility at Duke. Ford and her team wanted to ask Williamson whether or not his mother or stepfather received benefits before attending Duke. So, for now, this is a win for Williamson’s team (and Duke).
Wallach reports that the lawsuit will now head to North Carolina, where Williamson initially tried to sue his way out a contract with Prime Sports Marketing. Williamson’s attorneys successfully argued that since a similar case involving the same parties was already filed in North Carolina, that it took precedence.
It doesn’t sound like there will be an update on this case in the near future. Wallach reports that it will be until at least August before any depositions can occur.
Here’s what has to be happen before any depositions can occur in the Zion Williamson case:
– The parties must “meet and confer” under FRCP 26(f) and submit a proposed discovery schedule.
– NC judge must hold conference and issue scheduling order.
– None of this has occurred. https://t.co/sZWgPg00RR
— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) June 18, 2020
It almost felt too good to be true…