Zion Williamson’s Former Marketing Manager Says He Should’ve Been Ineligible at Duke

Gina Ford, the former marketing manager for Zion Williamson, claims the former Duke Basketball star should have been “permanently ineligible” to play at the university, according to Bleacher Report.

In a court filing obtained by attorney Daniel Wallach, Ford claims she is aware of “information in public records” that reveals Williamson and/or his parents received “monies, benefits and/or other prohibited benefits” during his time at Duke.

Williamson inked a five-year contract with Ford and Prime Sports Marketing after declaring for the 2019 NBA draft but filed a lawsuit two months after to declare null and void. The night before the draft, Ford responded by with a $100 million countersuit against Williamson and his new representatives at CAA Sports. Williamson’s attorney Jeffrey S. Klein claims, “the agreement was unlawful under North Carolina’s Uniform Athlete Agents Act because Prime Sports is not certified by the National Basketball Players Association or a registered athlete agent in North Carolina or Florida.”

Ford’s legal counsel filed a motion last month, asking Williamson to admit his mother and stepfather “demanded and received gifts, money and other benefits from persons acting on behalf of Adidas and Nike and also from people associated with Duke to influence him to sign with the Blue Devils and to wear Nike or Adidas products,” according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. Accepting such gifts would have negated Williamson’s status as a student-athlete under the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAAA). Klein says the new filing from Ford is nothing more than a “shameful attempt to distract from their admitted violations of North Carolina law.”

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