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Basketball: Ex-Bruin Reeves Nelson suing SI

Former UCLA standout Reeves Nelson has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the parent company of Sports Illustrated and reporter George Dohrmann, claiming defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress as a result of the magazine’s story titled “Not the UCLA Way.”

Here’s the full story.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Esquire Joe

    Sure. Because national magazines that have been published for decades and have hundreds of thousands of subscribers always print stories they know will be explosive without checking sources.

    Here’s a pop quiz. If you’re a basically-good person who knows he has a long career of professional basketball ahead of him, and you’ve been defamed by a national sports publication, would you:

    A. Call the writer and editor and demand a retraction and apology

    B. Hold a nationally televised press conference to clear your name and demand a retraction and apology

    C. Do neither A nor B, but sue for $10 million

    For a guy who had way more than his share of “character issues” and who swears that those days are all behind him, and that he’s just trying to be a better person, Nelson sure did react to this the way a short-sighted, take-no-responsibility, petty child would have.

    Although, to be fair, maybe he already figured out that he has absolutely no career prospects in professional basketball, and this is his last resort. If that’s the case, then I give him at least a little credit for some self-awareness.

  • rollonubears

    SI made a lot more than 10mm on that story. They will probably settle for 1.5mm anyway.

  • rob bear

    Why is this topic on this site? Who cares about that guy? He doesn’t even play anymore and when he did, it wasn’t for us. Move on with your lawsuit and out of this site!

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Rob B — I post items related to the Pac-12 because I believe there is interest. If you are not among that group, simply go to the next thing.

  • rob bear

    Yep