Attorneys for New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson filed additional amendments to a lawsuit that is attempting to enforce the termination of a signed agreement with a Florida marketing company. The amendments, filed in U.S. District Court in North Carolina by Williamson’s New York-based lawyer, Jeffrey Klein, on Wednesday, include further details of alleged violations of North Carolina state sports-agent laws by the Florida company, Prime Sports Marketing, and its president, Gina Ford. Prime Sports filed a suit in Florida court in June, shortly after Williamson’s filing, that seeks $100 million in damages from Williamson and his current representation, Creative Arts Agency, for “breach of contract.”
The amended complaint on Williamson’s behalf toward Prime Sports include an allegation that Ford and Prime Sports began recruiting Williamson as early as January 2019, when he was still engaged with his freshman basketball season at Duke. Prime Sports and Ford were not certified by the National Basketball Players Association or registered in the state of North Carolina, which is at the crux of Williamson’s case to enforce termination of his agreement with Prime Sports.
Many states, including North Carolina and Florida, require by law that agents are registered to recruit or sign prospective professional athletes. After breaking with Prime Sports, Williamson signed with CAA for his contractual and marketing representation.
The man who killed the aunt of retired NBA player Matt Barnes was resentenced to 56 years to life in prison last week following his re-trial in the death of his wife, Tanganyika Williams, according to court records. Michael Lee Williams, 58, had initially been convicted in December 2015, but that verdict was overturned last year, when the California Court of Appeal ordered a new trial because of the improper introduction of a previous conviction during the original proceeding.
A jury has acquitted former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves of sexual assault and other charges. The verdict Tuesday by the jury in Cleaves’ hometown of Flint comes nearly four years after a then-24-year-old woman accused Cleaves of sexually assaulting her in a Flint area motel room.
Former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins was burglarized in Los Angeles … and TMZ Sports has learned the thieves made off with the NBA star’s shoes and luggage. Law enforcement sources tell us the 24-year-old — who’s been in L.A. training for the NBA this summer — had his place broken into earlier this month.
But, we’re told cops described the scene as “amateur hour” … because the burglars left jewelry and other valuables in the heist, and only took about $1,000 worth of the stuff instead. We’re told the thieves stole a pair of Wiggins’ casual Nikes and his luggage — and also made off with his rental SUV Escalade. But, we’re told authorities were able to locate the vehicle a short time later.