Fil­ing: $400K paid to Wil­liamson fam­ily

The Maui News - - Sports -

The le­gal fight over NBA rookie Zion Wil­liamson’s en­dorse­ment po­ten­tial now in­cludes an al­le­ga­tion that his fam­ily re­ceived $400,000 from a mar­ket­ing agency be­fore his lone sea­son for Duke.

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

In court fil­ings Thurs­day in North Carolina, Ford’s at­tor­neys in­cluded a sworn af­fi­davit from a Cal­i­for­nia man who said the head of a Cana­di­an­based firm called Max­i­mum Man­age­ment Group (MMG) told him he paid Wil­liamson’s fam­ily for his com­mit­ment to sign with MMG once he left Duke for the NBA.

The doc­u­ments in­clude a mar­ket­ing agree­ment signed by Wil­liamson with MMG from May 2019, a De­cem­ber 2019 “let­ter of dec­la­ra­tion” signed by Wil­liamson and his step­fa­ther agree­ing to pay $500,000 to MMG pres­i­dent Slavko Duric for “re­pay­ment of a loan” from Oc­to­ber 2018, and a copy of Wil­liamson’s South Carolina driver’s li­cense.

In a state­ment to The As­so­ci­ated Press, Wil­liamson at­tor­ney, Jef­frey S. Klein, said those doc­u­ments were “fraud­u­lent.”


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