Reeves Nelson Suing Sports Illustrated for $10 million

May 23, 2012 – 9:05 pm by Ryan Phillips

Former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Sports Illustrated and writer George Dohrmann after a March article that alleged Nelson was cancer that tore the Bruins apart from the inside.

The article portrayed Nelson as a bully who intentionally injured teammates and was generally a distraction because of his lack of discipline on and off the court. Nelson’s attorney, Keith Fink, told the Los Angeles Times that the suit alleges defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The suit has reportedly been filed now because the NBA draft is coming up in June and Nelson wants to clear his name in hopes of playing professionally. According to TMZ, the suit includes statements from 18 UCLA players and ex-players who deny the allegations made against Nelson. Fink also claims he can prove that Dohrmann failed to fully investigate the article.

One of the more shocking claims in the article was that Nelson piled teammate Tyler Honeycutt’s clothes on his bed, then urinated on them. In the lawsuit Honeycutt claims no such thing occurred.

Nelson was booted off UCLA’s basketball team after numerous run-ins with head coach Ben Howland and the fact that he failed to meet a number of obligations. That much we know, the rest we learned from Dohrmann’s article.

While all the details of the report in Sports Illustrated might not be correct, Nelson’s reputation was likely not damaged a whole lot because of the article. In fact, his reputation was already in the toilet long before it was published.

I’m not sure if this suit will stand up in court, but obviously Nelson and the people around him believe it will.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Reeves Nelson Suing Sports Illustrated for $10 million”

  2. The fact this guy’s rep was already a shambles lets me know Nelson is wasting his time with this lawsuit. He needs to take a long, hard look at himself and his behavior to see how he contributed to his bad reputation. Having said that, if he’s got the skills to be in the NBA some desperate team will roll the dice and give him a chance. Unlike in regular life, professional athletes get 2nd, 3rd and in some situations 4th chances to redeem themselves.

    By Greg From DC on May 24, 2012

  3. I wonder why the recruits that signed with UCLA this year did so knowing that there was no control in the program from the coaching staff. Makes a person think that they went there thinking that they could do what ever they wanted. If that be the case them it will show that Howland has lost total control of the program. I guess we will see

    By metalarmdad on May 24, 2012

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