Zion Williamson has been accused of taking a payment from a marketing agent while at Duke. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Court filing alleges Zion Williamson, stepfather took $400K while at Duke

Gina Ford, former marketing agent for New Orleans Pelicans rookie star Zion Williamson, claims the 20-year-old was ineligible while playing for Duke because Williamson and his stepfather accepted a $400,000 payment from a Canadian marketing agent in October 2018. 

ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported Ford's story found inside a sworn affidavit filed on Thursday. 

In a letter to Williamson's attorney, Ford's attorney wrote: 

"[W]e obtained newly discovered evidence impacting the issue of whether Zion Williamson was a 'student-athlete' that we believe makes it transparently clear, verifiable and indisputable that he was not a 'student-athlete' long before there was any communication or contact between Zion Williamson, and/or any third party acting on his behalf, and our clients."

Jeffrey Klein, Williamson's attorney, refutes the claim, via Daniel Wallach, who is a legal analyst for The Athletic:

Ford and Prime Sports Marketing are suing Williamson for $100 million and claiming the first-year pro broke their marketing agreement. Williamson's attorneys, meanwhile, claim Ford wasn't a registered agent in North Carolina and failed to produce a legally valid contract since the document didn't include a warning meant to protect amateur athletes from "unscrupulous agents."

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Can you name every current NBA player who played basketball at Duke?

Player had to finish his college career at Duke to be eligible. UD indicates player went undrafted.

SCORE:
0/24
TIME:
5:00
NYK / 2019 / #3
R.J. Barrett
ATL / 2019 / #10
Cam Reddish
SAC / 2018 / #2
Marvin Bagley III
CHI / 2018 / #7
Wendell Carter Jr.
MEM / 2018 / #21
Grayson Allen
POR / 2018 / #37
Gary Trent Jr.
BOS / 2017 / #3
Jayson Tatum
DET / 2017 / #12
Luke Kennard
SAC / 2017 / #20
Harry Giles
NO / 2017 / #31
Frank Jackson
BOS / 2017 / #37
Semi Ojeleye
ORL / 2017 / UD
Amile Jefferson
NO / 2016 / #2
Brandon Ingram
NO / 2015 / #3
Jahlil Okafor
MIA / 2015 / #10
Justise Winslow
MEM / 2015 / #24
Tyus Jones
LAL / 2015 / UD
Quinn Cook
ATL / 2014 / #2
Jabari Parker
POR / 2014 / #23
Rodney Hood
DEN / 2013 / #22
Mason Plumlee
DAL / 2013 / UD
Seth Curry
HOU / 2012 / #10
Austin Rivers
BKN / 2011 / #1
Kyrie Irving
NO / 2006 / #11
J.J. Redick

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