According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Zion is suing Gina Ford and Prime Sports to enforce the termination of his marketing agreement with them.
Williamson declared for the NBA Draft on April 15 and signed the agreement with Prime Sports five days later. As part of that agreement, Williamson - the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming National Basketball Association draft - had to stay with the company for five years. Upon hearing that, Prime Sports threatened to sue Williamson for $100 million for terminating their deal early. But Williamson later signed with CAA Sports and his family told Prime Sports on May 31 it was getting out of the contract, according to ESPN.
The lawsuit includes a copy of a letter Williamson sent the next day to Ford to terminate the contract and a June 2 letter sent to Ford by Williamson's attorney, Jeffrey S. Klein, arguing the contract was void. According to the lawsuit, the five-year contract he signed five days later with Prime Sports did not contain notice that he would lose his college eligibility upon signing, and did not contain a disclaimer allowing him 14 days to cancel.More news: Antitrust Issues Against Big Tech Worth Exploring
Williamson has since signed with CAA Sports for his contractual and marketing representation.
Williamson's suit asks the court to declare the agreement void and bar Prime Sports from acting on Williamson's behalf. Per the report, Zion's attorneys are asserting that the deal he signed was unlawful in the state of North Carolina, where it was made.
The first is that Prime Sports is not certified by the NBAPA or considered a registered agent in either North Carolina or Florida.More news: Instagram down in worldwide outage
Williamson attorney Jeffrey S. Klein issued a statement to ESPN that read: "Prime Sports Marketing's actions towards Mr. Williamson blatantly violated the North Carolina statute specifically created to protect student athletes". In a letter, Prime Sports said it had already presented Williamson with "several multi-million dollar endorsements/opportunities".
An Illinois native, Steve Wiseman has covered Duke athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald-Sun and Raleigh News & Observer.More news: Dallas man arrested in murders of 3, including transgender woman