Former Duke star Zion Williamson is embroiled in a legal battle after he terminated a contract with a marketing company to sign with CAA, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Mr. Williamson properly exercised his rights under the law to void his business dealings with Prime Sports Marketing.
The suit was filed on Thursday in North Carolina court, and according to documents, five days after he declared for the draft, Williams signed with Gina Ford and Prime Sports.
Williamson's family told Ford and Prime Sports on May 31 that it was ending the agreement. Upon hearing that, Prime Sports threatened to sue Williamson for $100 million for terminating their deal early.
Just days after Williamson declared for the National Basketball Association draft, he signed a marketing deal with Prime Sports - a marketing company based in Florida.
A copy of Williamson's agreement with Prime Sports shows neither of those things are included.
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Williamson's suit asks the court to declare the agreement void and bar Prime Sports from acting on Williamson's behalf.
Williamson has since signed with CAA Sports for his contractual and marketing representation. 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.
Williamson's camp maintains that the agreement was unlawful under North Carolina law because the company is not certified by the National Basketball Players' Association or a registered athlete agent in North Carolina or Florida.
The 6-7, 285-pound Williamson played one season at Duke, averaging 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds a game.
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. Attorney Joann Squillace, who represents Ford, responded that the "foreseeable injuries, losses, damages and harm caused" would likely exceed $100 million.