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Reeves Nelson reportedly suing Sports Illustrated for $10 million, claiming defamation

May 23, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT


Former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson is suing Sports Illustrated for defamation, following the publication of a revealing article about the UCLA program, TMZ is reporting.

The $10 million suit, in response to George Dohrmann’s article, published March 5, 2012, says that Dohrmann “recklessly and negligently failed to investigate” the claims in his piece.

Most notably of the claims in question is a detailed account of revenge, when Nelson reportedly urinated on the bed and clothes of a teammate who “squealed” about a New Year’s Eve party.

The lawsuit also cites claims that Nelson intentionally injured players in practice and that he was disciplined for fighting with teammates.

Nelson was dismissed from the team in December of 2011, after a second disciplinary suspension. During his sophomore season at UCLA, he averaged 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

Keith Fink will be representing Nelson. Fink has been a part of a number of high-profile legal entertainment cases, including suits involving Ellen DeGeneres, Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, and Kobe Bryant.

According to TMZ, the suit includes “declarations from 18 UCLA players and ex-players who deny every allegation about Nelson,” among them one from former Bruin Tyler Honeycutt, who claims that the urination incident never happened.

The suit is to be filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. seanb20124 - May 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Good Luck Reaves

  2. jcarne9014 - May 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    This is the only way this mutant mental midget will ever make any money.

  3. florida727 - May 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Personally, I hope he wins, and wins big. Might teach journalists the value of confirming information instead of worrying about whether or not they meet a deadline or become the one to “scoop” a story. Journalists without integrity ruin the media business for those who do it right, unfortunately.

  4. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - May 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Kid is a jerk. As I’m sure are the journos responsible for said story.

  5. 1historian - May 24, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    I subscribed to SI for years but now I am letting it expire. The reasons are simple – the writing is really bad and getting worse. The ‘expo’ on Walter Payton a little while back pretty much made up my mind. The guy has been dead for 12 years and can’t defend himself and his family has pretty much refused to comment but it might sell some copies? Go for it.

    SI used to be the standard for sports journalism but those days are long in the past. Who is best now? None that I can see.

    I read the UCLA piece and it was pretty nasty.

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