Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Former UCLA player Reeves Nelson is suing Sports Illustrated for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress over its recent article about problems in the school's basketball program. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Superior Court in Los Angeles names Time Inc. and writer George Dohrmann as defendants. The story titled ''Not the UCLA Way'' initially appeared Feb. 28 on the magazine's website and then in its March 5 print edition. The lawsuit includes sworn statements from 18 former teammates of Nelson's, including Tyler Trapani, the great-grandson of legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. They attest that the article's general description of Nelson as a ''psychotic bully'' is false and that specific instances of Nelson's alleged bullying described in the article never happened or were grossly distorted. Nelson was dismissed from the team last December by coach Ben Howland after twice being suspended for insubordinate behavior during the season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brandon Marshall and Geno Smith are living together

Chicago Bulls fire Tom Thibodeau after five seasons

Ex-Blue Devil tweeted Durham police pulled gun on him

Nick Saban gives Jim McElwain a ringing endorsement

Report: Bulls players did not endorse Tom Thibodeau

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chuck Pagano: Colts 'further ahead than ever before'

Somehow, the Patriots are going to be just fine

Dwight Howard says he's 'still a champion' after playoff exit

WATCH: Klay Thompson takes knee to head from Ariza

DeSean Jackson skips Redskins OTAs, goes to Cavs game

Texans to be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

Ronda Rousey upset with Bethe Correia for suicide comments

The Cleveland Cavaliers are top (under)dogs

Bryce Harper on his breakout

WATCH: Jon Lester sets MLB hitless record

Golden State of Being: Ugly win a beautiful thing for Warriors

Six moves that made the Warriors NBA title contenders

Lil B takes credit for Harden's terrible game, lifts curse

Riley Curry steals show at postgame news conference

Warriors beat Rockets in Game 5, advance to NBA Finals

Kentucky fan in Louisville has 38-1 sticker on car

Nick Kyrgios talks sex before tourneys, dating female players

Jared Dudley: 'Melo is most overrated player in NBA

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brandon Marshall, Geno Smith are roommates

The Cavaliers are top (under)dogs

Bryce Harper on his breakout

WATCH: Jon Lester sets MLB hitless record

Six moves that made the Warriors NBA title contenders

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

Corey Crawford is the weakest link for the Blackhawks

Star player missing OTAs? Keep calm...

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.