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Zion Williamson Legal Update

As battle lines are drawn and strategies start to come clear

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 8: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 8, 2020 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
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Last time we looked in on the Zion Williamson/Gina Ford lawsuit we gave up trying to explain it because quite honestly we weren’t sure we could do a good job of it.

Nothing has changed - we can form an opinion of our own but lack sufficient knowledge to really explain the legal ins and outs.

What it comes down to here, as best we can tell, is that Ford is trying to prove that Williamson was ineligible and therefore the North Carolina’s Uniform Athlete Agents Act can’t apply.

As we said before, if any of our legal readers would like to analyze the case, we’d be more than happy to defer to your expertise.

From the article’s conclusion: “The battle over the relevancy of Williamson’s past eligibility at Duke will likely surface in the North Carolina federal case in either of two ways. On the heels of their recently-submitted motion for partial judgment on the pleadings, I would not be surprised at all to see Williamson’s legal team follow that up with a motion to stay discovery pending the resolution of that dispositive motion. Or, alternatively, once the parties get the go-ahead to start discovery in North Carolina, Williamson’s attorneys could file a motion for a protective order similar to the one they filed late last week in Florida. One way or another, the relevancy issue will be teed up shortly in North Carolina.“