Over two weeks ago, Zion Williamson’s former agent Gina Ford filed a lawsuit against Zion claiming that he received benefits to play at Duke. Now we finally have something from Zion’s side.
Here is a reminder of how we got to this point.
Zion first signed to be represented by Ford’s company (Prime Sports Marketing) but backed out to sign with Creative Artists Agency. To get out of the contract, Zion had to sue Ford claiming their contract violated North Carolina’s Uniform Athlete Agents Act.
Ford responded by suing Zion claiming that he was not protected by the Uniform Athlete Agents Act because he received improper benefits to go to Duke. Ford wants answers from not only Williamson, but from his mother and stepfather about the house they lived in during his time at Duke, as well as other gifts, money, and possibly a car he received.
Now, Daniel Wallach of Forbes reports that Zion has filed for a protective order against the inquiry claiming that it is “invasive” and “irrelevant”.
“Last Friday, Williamson’s legal team filed a motion with the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, asking that the requested discovery against him be “stayed” (meaning put on hold) pending the resolution of Williamson’s appeal of that court’s order denying his motion to dismiss that action for lack of personal jurisdiction.
“Alternatively, Williamson’s attorneys have asked the Florida court to enter a “protective order” against Ford’s requested discovery, arguing that it is “invasive, “burdensome,” “legally irrelevant,” and “nothing more than a fishing expedition aimed at tarnishing Williamson’s reputation.”
In order to be granted a protective order in Florida, you must demonstrate “good cause” for the order.
Wallach explains that Williamson “characterizes Ford’s discovery requests on the eligibility issue as “legally irrelevant,” “unduly burdensome,” “invasive” and “aimed at embarrassing him, his family, his former coaches, and his former school.”
This seems to be a lot to go through just to avoid having to be questioned under oath about these allegations.
You can get more info on this new development in the case by checking out Wallach’s full report on Forbes.com.