|Sporting News: Reeves Nelson, former UCLA star, to sue Sports Illustrated|
Reeves Nelson, the troubled UCLA basketball player who was suspended multiple times before ultimately being dismissed last season by coach Ben Howland, reportedly will file a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Sports Illustrated.
According to TMZ, Nelson has hired entertainment lawyer Keith A. Fink of Fink & Steinberg and will file the suit Wednesday in L.A. County Superior Court. Sports Illustrated and the writer of the article, George Dohrmann, will be named as defendants in the suit.
Nelson, a 6-9 forward from Modesto, Calif., averaged 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman and then 13.9 points and 9.1 points as a sophomore, earning All-Pac-10 status. He appeared in only six games last season because of two suspensions for insubordinate behavior and then his ultimate dismissal from the club last Dec. 10.
Nelson's lawsuit claims that SI and Dohrmann "recklessly and negligently failed to investigate the claims in the article." The story claims that Nelson was allowed run amok on the UCLA campus, not being disciplined for fighting with fellow students or teammates and intentionally injuring teammates in practice.
And the story also claimed that, as retaliation for teammate Tyler Honeycutt informing Howland of a late-night party, Nelson piled up Honeycutt's clothes on his bed and then urinated on the clothes and Honeycutt's bed. Both Nelson and Honeycutt have denied the incident.
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