According to TMZ ex UCLA basketball star Reeves Nelson is suing Sports Illustrated for allowing a writer to defame him and claim that he ran rough shot on campus and even pissed on a teammates bed.
TMZ has learned that Reeves will now seek $10 million dollars in a lawsuit.
Reeves was the Bruins best player from 2009-2011 but was kicked off the team for constantly breaking team rules and missing a team flight in December 2011.
A March 5, 2012 SI article written by George Dohrmann claimed that UCLA head coach Ben Howland allowed Reeves to get away with everything but murder because he was “producing.” The article also insenuated that Howland had completely lost control of his program.
Nelson’s lawyer Keith Finks states that he will prove that Dohrmann “recklessly and negligently failed to investigate the claims in the article.”
It will be interesting to see how this suit plays out. As an up and coming blogger, I am learning that you must cross your T’s and dot your I’s before you report or make claims regarding anything in journalism.
Nelson last played for Zalgiris Kaunas in the Lithuanian basketball league this past season.