Pelicans star Zion Williamson’s $100 million lawsuit gets final ruling
Zion Williamson’s legal battle against his former marketing agent is finally over. The New Orleans Pelicans NBA All-Star got a favorable outcome on Wednesday when U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs ruled that the contract Zion signed with Gina Ford and Prime Sports Marketing was null and void.
As reported by The News & Observer, Ford and her agency violated the athlete-agent laws of North Carolina, making the contract signed by Williamson void. The judge also emphasized that Ford’s allegations that the Pelicans star violated his NCAA eligibility don’t matter in the case.
The judge concluded that Williamson doesn’t owe Ford and Prime Sports the $100 million they were asking for in the alleged breach of contract.
“The question the court had to determine in interpreting the applicability of the UAAA was not whether plaintiff (Williamson) could have conceivably been found permanently ineligible by the overseeing collegiate association or should have been found permanently ineligible, but rather whether defendants (Ford, Prime Sports Marketing) had sufficiently alleged that he was permanently ineligible,” Biggs said in her ruling. “The court concluded that defendants failed to do so.”
For what it’s worth, Gina Ford and her camp already lost last January when Judge Biggs voided Zion Williamson’s contract with them. However, the agent filed motions for the judge to reconsider her opinion. However, they weren’t able to provide enough evidence that would change her ruling.
“It appears that defendants wish to engage in a fishing expedition into the backgrounds of plaintiff, his parents, and his associates,” Biggs added before noting that Ford’s legal camp is trying to “re-litigate matters which have been addressed by the court.”
With the legal drama over, Williamson can now use his offseason for more important matters: preparing for the 2021-22 season to help the Pelicans make the playoffs for the first time since 2018.