Well after a couple months, we finally got an update on former Duke star Zion Williamson and his lawsuit with Prime Sports Marketing.
And surprise, surprise! it looks like Williamson did get himself a pay day in his recruitment. According to Daniel Wallach of The Athletic, Prime Sports Marketing and Gina Ford introduced “newly discovered evidence” related to the alleged payment in October of 2018.
The new affidavit claims that Williamson and his stepfather were paid $400,000 in October 2018 in exchange for granting exclusive marketing rights for another agent. According to Wallach, the witness who came forward with this evidence is Daniel Kreiss.
Kreiss first contacted Ford’s attorneys and then signed a 38-page affidavit. The affidavit included a copy of a marketing agreement between Zion and a Canadian entity called “Maximum Management Group” which is headed by Zlavko Duric. Williamson’s attorneys responded in claiming that the new evidence is “patently fraudulent.” Williamson himself has yet to comment regarding the new evidence that has been presented.
It will be interesting to see what happens in this case and the new evidence that will be presented. But if the new evidence is factual, this would mean that he received this payment while he was at Duke.
If that is the case, it is pretty clear what the NCAA should do. The NCAA must begin an investigation regarding Duke Basketball and their recruitment of Williamson.