Williamson Suing to End Agreement with Florida Marketing Co

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Zion Williamson is making headlines off of the basketball court just days before the 2019 NBA Draft. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Duke phenom and likely No. 1 pick is suing a Florida marketing company, following Williamson’s termination of the agreement between the two.

According to the suit filed in federal court in North Carolina on Thursday, Williamson signed a marketing deal with Gina Ford and Prime Sports on April 20th, five days after he had declared his intention to enter the NBA draft.

The following are excerpts of the report shared by the Associated Press:

That agreement included a clause that it could not be terminated for five years. Williamson’s family told Ford and Prime Sports on May 31 that it was ending the agreement. The agency responded by saying that if Williamson terminated the deal, they would sue for damages in excess of $100 million.

Wojnarowski also reports that, according to the suit, the agreement was deemed “unlawful” in the state of North Carolina because Prime Sports “not certified by the National Basketball Players Association or a registered athlete agent in North Carolina or Florida.”

The Duke standout is expected to be one of two Duke players to go in the top three picks of the draft with RJ Barrett looking likely to land with the New York Knicks at No. 3.

Williamson is widely expected to be picked first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in next Thursday’s NBA Draft. He averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks while shooting 68.0 percent from the field during his lone college season.

This article is comprised of information from ESPN, CBS Sports and the Associated Press- for more pro, college and high school sports stories, like our page on Facebook.

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