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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.
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Former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson plans to sue Sports Illustrated (SI) over an article that described him as being physically violent at team practices and claimed he urinated on a teammate's bed.
Nelson, who was dismissed from the team in December for disciplinary reasons, will file the defamation lawsuit against the magazine Wednesday, seeking $10 million in damages...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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...
Nearly three months after an ugly expose on the UCLA basketball program was published in Sports Illustrated, former Bruins standout Reeves Nelson has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the magazine, according to TMZ.
The minefield of a story, first released online in late February, paints the UCLA program as a mess, alleging a slew of misdeeds by players on and off the court, not...
The lawsuit comes after a March article that characterized Reeves Nelson as a bully to his UCLA teammates.
Time Inc. and Sports Illustrated unequivocally stood behind George Dohrmann’s story, Not the UCLA Way in which he claimed UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson 'went wild' -- was violent at practices...
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Remember that huge UCLA expose from Sports Illustrated that was going to rock Ben Howland's program to the core? In spite of all the sordid details of the Bruins program spiraling out of control, not too much came from the report, at least from UCLA's perspective. Howland has stayed with UCLA, the program hasn't been punished in any way by the NCAA, and UCLA only...