Judge denies Williamson bid to nix improper-benefits inquiry

NBA rising star Zion Williamson will have to answer questions under oath regarding improper benefits in his time at Duke.



June 3, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Duke's Zion Williamson before a game against Clemson at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., on Jan. 5, 2019. A Miami judge has ruled Williamson must answer questions under oath regarding his eligibility to play basketball at Duke. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/TNS

A Florida judge has denied NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s attempt to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.

Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in a Miami Dade County, accusing Williamson and the agency now representing him of breach of contract. That came after Williamson had filed his own lawsuit a week earlier in North Carolina to terminate a five-year contract with Prime Sports after moving to Creative Artists Agency LLC.

Ford’s attorneys had submitted questions in filings last month that included whether the New Orleans Pelicans rookie or anyone on his behalf sought or accepted “money, benefits, favors or things of value” to sign with Duke. They sought answers within 30 days to establish facts under oath in the pretrial discovery process, while Williamson’s attorneys had argued the questions were “nothing more than a fishing expedition” and sought a stay to stop it.

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