(CBS Sports) - Zion Williamson's former marketing agency is alleging that the family of the former Duke star and current New Orleans Pelicans rookie took money to steer Williamson to Duke and certain shoe companies, according to court documents publicized Sunday.
The allegations amount to a surprising twist in a saga of dueling lawsuits that could have implications for Duke if the allegations from Prime Sports Marketing are deemed credible enough to investigate by the NCAA.
The documents, which were shared on Twitter by The Athletic legal analyst Daniel Wallach, are from civil court in Miami-Dade County, and are part of a civil lawsuit against Williamson and his current agents filed by Prime Sports Marketing, LLC.
A five-page request for admissions filed by the plaintiffs asks Williamson to admit that his mother and stepfather "demanded and received gifts, money and/or other benefits from persons acting on behalf of Duke University (directly and/or indirectly) to influence you to attend Duke University to play basketball."
The document also alleges that Williamson’s parents accepted benefits from representatives of Nike and Adidas to influence Williamson to wear their apparel and attend a school affiliated with their brands.