Former agent Gina Ford has doubled down on her claims regarding Zion Williamson and his eligibility at Duke during the 2018-19 college basketball season.
Today, Ford claimed in a new court filing that Williamson received money to attend Duke and should have been declared “permanently ineligible” in his lone season in Durham.
After being granted a stay in the case, along with being told he will not have to testify in his own defense, Williamson and his family are being accused of receiving “monies, benefits, and/or other prohibited benefits,” with all the evidence being publicly recorded.
In the new court filing, Ford cites numerous text messages about the former Duke star from Nike in 2017, along with wiretapped conversations with Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend regarding Williamson’s recruitment.
Ford’s attorney submitted evidence regarding Williamson’s parents residing in a North Carolina-based property in his lone season at Duke, with the monthly rent valued at $4,995, up from the $895 monthly rental the family had in South Carolina. Ford added that three luxury cars – a 2018 Mercedes Benz G Wagon, a 2016 GMC Yukon, and a 2015 Cadillac Escalade – were registered to Williamson’s parents and should be considered in his eligibility case.
Ford – who is suing Williamson for $100 million for breaching his marketing agreement with Prime Sports Marketing – originally claimed the former Blue Devil received “money, benefits, favors or other things of value” to attend Duke.
Ford claims in the new court filings that testimony from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is “warranted regarding his statements about the NCAA “pay to play” scandal.”
“When questioned about same and any alleged involvement by Duke, he stated that the scandal was just a “blip”/”minute, and, that giving aa job to a player’s family member is “just a business decision.”‘
Daniel Wallach of The Athletic has published the new court documents in a thread on his Twitter page, with a few excerpts being shown below:
To find the remaining court documents, head to Wallach’s thread starting with the tweet below:
BREAKING: Gina Ford ramps up claim that Zion Williamson received money to attend Duke and was “permanently ineligible” to be a student-athlete; in new court filing, she opposes granting judgment to Zion, and says discovery is needed from Duke and Coach K on ‘pay-to-play’ issue. pic.twitter.com/x04yY3BvHm
— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) June 10, 2020
This could get very, very interesting.