RICHMOND- Sour grapes are nothing new in the 21st century, especially in the world of sports.
When it comes to the games’ biggest stars however, the attention to detail rises quickly, especially if it involves the NCAA.
Former Duke basketball star Zion Williamson has found himself in hot water over allegiance to a company, with a huge cash settlement involved.
Williamson has gone from sitting around his house waiting for the NBA season to resume to now being accused of receiving improper benefits as a collegiate athlete.
An ESPN story details how Williamson’s former marketing representative Gina Ford and her company is asking the New Orleans Pelicans star to admit that his mother and stepfather demanded and received gifts, money and other benefits.
Williamson is also accused of using those benefits as an incentive to enroll at Duke University.
This is in response to Williamson filing a lawsuit against Ford’s Prime Sports Marketing in June in an attempt to terminate his contract with her company following the draft.
Ford and Prime Sports Marketing are seeking $100 million in damages as part of a countersuit levied against Williamson and Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
In retrospect, this all sounds lIke an attempt to smear the image of Duke Basketball.
Smear? Why? Simple. Duke’s a winning program and has been that way consistently under Coach L’s tenure.
In addition to that, it’s possible Williamson did not wish to pursued further with Ford’s company and tried to back out reasonably before being dealt threats of suing.
NBC’s Rob Dauster said it best about what truly may be the reason behind this issue.
“The people that care this case care about catching Coach K in a lie. They care about proving that the holier-than-thou way that Duke carries itself is fraudulent,” Dauster said. “They care about finding a way to get something”.
Currently, 13 high-major programs are dealing with the fallout from the FBI’s investigation into college basketball including Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, and LSU.
Duke meanwhile hasn’t been hit with anything, much to the outcry of the public considering the level of success in addition to the amount of high ranking recruits enrolling at Durham.
The public is looking for something and if Zion is indeed guilty, there would be a lustful celebration on tarnishing a “squeaky-clean program”.
Can we be honest? If Zion is indeed guilty it’s a bad look and he needs to suffer consequences.
As of right now, there doesn’t look to be any admission on his part, if indeed he is guilty. What’s the old mantra? Innocent until PROVEN guilty, not alleged.
This could all be avoided if the NCAA would just end the charade and pay these players outright. Really, each party has its own issues.
That’s why it’s best to just play devil’s advocate and see how this turns out before jumping to a conclusion.