A Florida state court judge denied Tuesday Pelican in New Orleans candidate Zion WilliamsonRequest to continue to find out if he is eligible under the NCAA rules when he plays one season at High nobility in 2018-19.
Florida 11th Circuit Court Judge David Miller ruled that Williamson would be asked to answer the interrogation and acceptance requests from lawyers representing Gina Ford and Prime Sports Marketing, who sued Williamson for $ 100 million for violating their marketing agreement.
Williamson’s attorney is expected to appeal to the Florida Third District Court of Appeals, arguing that a previous federal case in North Carolina involving the same party and a claim have taken precedence.
Williamson’s lawyer had asked federal judges in the case to cancel his marketing agreement with Ford and Prime Sports Marketing, claiming it was invalid because Ford was not a registered agent in North Carolina and the contract did not include warnings required by state law designed to protect amateur athletes from agents immoral.
Ford and Prime Sports Marketing sued Williamson, the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and two of its employees in a Florida court, alleging that CAA interfered with Prime Sports’s agreement with Williamson and that he violated their five-year contract.
Last month, Ford’s lawyer asked Williamson to admit that his mother and stepfather demanded and accepted gifts, money, and other benefits from people acting on behalf of Adidas and Nike, and also from people associated with Duke, to influence him to signed a contract with Blue Devils and to use Nike or Adidas products.
“The issue is a complete canard and complete red herring,” Williamson’s lawyer, Jeffrey Klein, told Miller during a 52-minute virtual hearing on Tuesday morning. “[W]We believe that as a law, the law prohibits that contract. Issues relating to amateur status, there are no problems regarding their amateur status, and in fact, if they want to know problems regarding amateur status, eligibility is a determination made by the NCAA and made by Duke. I do not think it is relevant here to what is happening because frankly that determination has been made. … That does not waive their failure to comply with North Carolina law. “
Doug Eaton, one of Ford’s lawyers, believes that North Carolina’s law will not apply to Williamson if he does not qualify when he plays for the Blue Devils.
“The NCAA is not the last arbiter of the matter,” Eaton told Miller. “We can ensure that he does not qualify during that time period, which will be a defense of their claim that our contract is invalid. The purpose of this law is to protect athletes – actual students, meeting student requirements. athletes – from cruel agent behavior, not designed to protect people who have received inappropriate benefits.
“If you receive an improper benefit, you are not an athlete-qualified student, and the NCAA can retroactly decide that you are not qualified. That has happened several times before. … This is not a strong determination that he is an athlete-student who qualifies, and we have the opportunity to prove that he does not qualify in that time frame, and that is what we will do. “
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