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Zion Williamson lawsuit sheds light on new evidence regarding cars and housing

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:

This could get very, very interesting.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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31 Comments for Zion Williamson lawsuit sheds light on new evidence regarding cars and housing

  1. Catcasey1
    1:37 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    This is good news for all of college sports

  2. bowill01
    1:38 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    OK, so we know Duke won’t be in trouble, but on a scale of 1 to 10 how far off their high horse will they fall?

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:22 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Emmerdoush will now lay on the horse’s back so they can set a little higher.

  3. VirginiaCat
    1:40 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    If this matter continues to have legs, it will likely be resolved with a settlement of some sort. There is absolutely no way that Williamson will provide testimony that puts Duke in peril. This should go a long way, however, in deflating Duke’s holier-than-thou reputation.

    • Cletis75
      1:42 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Duke will pay the settlement. Zion won’t have to pay any of it.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:57 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Nah Vcat, the media will continue to keep their collective lips firmly planted on Kount K’s rear end. Same for Ol’ Roy and UNCheat. Haven’t you heard? They can do no wrong.

    • Megan
      4:27 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Isn’t the genie already out of the bottle? Sounds like Ford isn’t after a settlement. If she were, this would have been part of a private negotiation. But she’s gone public, so it sounds like she’s out for blood. I imagine any settlement would require her never to disclose information that has not already been made public, in order to hamper any investigation by the NCAA.

      This is getting good. I need to make some more popcorn.

    • somerset bill
      5:07 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      I think ‘settlement’ at this point would take the form of “here is everything you initially asked for”, plus whatever is required for the non-disclosure. I can’t see how that doesn’t happen.

    • Irish son
      10:10 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Megan, she went public to FORCE a settlement. She knows more than what she’s saying and Duke knows this. They are terrified she has PROOF. So this will force a non-disclosure settlement

  4. Catscats23
    1:54 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    This will all go away very quietly just like anytime other duke or UNC gets caught.

    2:10 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    I’m not holding my breath over here expecting something to happen, but the way this is going suggests that Ford is trying to ruin Zion/Duke vs. trying to force a settlement. Between the $100m suit and the continued press, I think shes out for blood. At this point, a settlement is essentially an admission of guilt, albeit one that would likely go without punishment, I just don’t see how the NCAA can continue to look the other way with everything that has been brought to the public’s attention.

  6. Han
    2:12 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    I really want all this to come out and Duke and K to get raked over the coals…but I don’t really see how Zion or K would be compelled to address this in a lawsuit over a breach of contract between Zion and someone he signed with after his college career. Unless they have evidence that they had an agreement while he played or that the ineligible benefits impacted his move to break their contract.

    But NCAA, remember how you didn’t have the resources to investigate every allegation and only looked into Cal’s 500 Win ball after it was reported? Well, someone’s done a lot of legwork for a Duke investigation, so it should be easy for you to make a move.

    • kycatshoops
      3:07 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      She’s trying to prove that Zion wasn’t a protected student athlete so the contract he breached was legally valid. Her approach is all about being able to enforce the contract. I doubt she cares what happens to Duke.

    • Megan
      4:30 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Nail on the head, kycat.

  7. _lilman_
    2:20 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Nothing will b done to rat face, NCAA thinks he is royalty

  8. Headhurts
    2:21 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    It may be time for SI to print another shame cover story only this time it has Zion and Duke on the cover, and we know Barret and reddish got something too.

    • UKgrad80
      5:26 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Obviously they are allowed to recruit any way they want. College sports is a real joke. Coach K is as crooked as they come!!!

  9. eyebleedblue
    2:22 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    So all players get paid next year so nothing happens to duke, is that what I am reading?

  10. CJKAssassin123
    2:23 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    I think once again Cal and UK dodged massive Bullet.

  11. eyebleedblue
    2:23 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    This story isn’t even on ESPNs front page, wow.

  12. dhard
    2:44 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    And the reward for Duke for simply being Duke, the NCAA will give them the championship from last year as everyone knows they would have won.

  13. wildcats8
    5:25 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    If it were any other basketball program I’d expect serious Punishment but since it’s duke might as well forget it

    • zoupman
      11:37 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

      The NCAA will never come down on Duke, just like the KHSAA protects Trinity. Sadly, cheaters seem to win.

  14. 4everUKBlue
    6:25 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    @dookisking….come out come out wherever you are…LMAO!

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:25 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Where’s mashbum?

    • 4everUKBlue
      6:31 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah weird, she rarely misses an opportunity to bash Cal or the basketball program using lies and half truths. Must be on her period.

  15. UKfanman01
    7:39 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    This will get settled out of court, it will never be heard of again. NCAA with lackadaisically open a good ole UNC style Coach K “invesitgation” (Maggette, Lance Thomas) where they will find “no evidence of wrongdoing”. Same school that openly pays players, and let’s not forget the amazing academia run that Marvin Bagley Jr had. He failed the first half of his Junior year just to all of a sudden in January finish, not only his Jr but, Senior year AND become academically eligible at Duke. Then sprinkle Zion with the final 3 schools: Clemson, South Carolina, and Kentucky but he chooses Duke. UofL done this with Bowen and got immediately investigated (rightly so)

  16. Clyde X
    9:57 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Everyone who thinks the NCAA will do anything but sweep this under the rug, stand on your head.

  17. kentuckybackupplayer
    10:58 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Duke just gave all their players a raise and told them everything will be all right.

  18. W.C.
    10:29 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

    Zion and his Entourage are learning that “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. Even if they settle this case, I don’t see how the the NCAA can avoid all the evidence laid out before them. I don’t they could stand the ire they would get from the other people they are in the process of punishing. On second thought, the NCAA might negate the verdict against Oklahoma State and let all those pending slide so they won’t have to deal with Duke.