Zion Williamson has reportedly filed a lawsuit against a Florida marketing company, Prime Sports, to enforce his termination of an agreement he signed shortly after declaring for the NBA Draft.
Williamson, who's expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft, has signed with CAA Sports for contractual and marketing representation since leaving Ford and Prime Sports.
The agency has threatened to sue for damages in excess of $100 million, but Williamson's attorney maintains that the deal was unlawful under North Carolina law, according to ESPN.
The first is that Prime Sports is not certified by the NBAPA or considered a registered agent in either North Carolina or Florida.
Williamson is set to become the No. 1 overall pick to the New Orleans Pelicans in next week's National Basketball Association draft. The second is that the contract failed to include a line in bold, capital letters that made it clear Williamson would lose his college eligibility if he signed. Mr. Williamson properly exercised his rights under the law to void his business dealings with Prime Sports Marketing.
Zion Williamson is making headlines away from the basketball court just days before the 2019 NBA Draft. Williamson's family told Ford and Prime Sports on May 31 that it was ending the agreement.
In a statement to ESPN, Zion's attorney, Jeffrey S. Klein, explained that Prime Sports' behavior following his client's decision to terminate the agreement necessitated the lawsuit.
On May 30, CAA Sports announced it had signed Williamson.
The suit, brought in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, alleges the deal that the former Duke star reached with Gina Ford and Prime Sports Marketing violates North Carolina law. In a letter, Prime Sports said it had already presented Williamson with "several multi-million dollar endorsements/opportunities". Prior to his arrival in Durham, he worked for newspapers in Columbia and Spartanburg, S.C., Biloxi, Miss., and Charlotte covering beats including the NFL's Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of SC athletics and the S.C. General Assembly.