Reeves Nelson’s Defamation Lawsuit Dismissed

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson against Time Inc., the parent company of Sports Illustrated, and senior writer George Dohrmann.

Judge Mary Ann Murphy ruled yesterday that Nelson could not proceed with his defamation lawsuit against Sports Illustrated and Dohrmann in publishing “Not the UCLA Way” (Sports Illustrated, March 5, 2012).  The story was the result of a two-month investigation chronicling the decline of the storied UCLA program in recent years, including conduct by Nelson that preceded his dismissal from the UCLA Basketball team late last year.

The court’s lengthy ruling cited to evidence of Dohrmann’s reliance on numerous sources and other extensive work in researching and writing the article.

Sports Illustrated’s statement— “We have stood behind the reporting of our Pulitzer Prize winning writer since day one. We are pleased that after reviewing the case, the court agreed it should be dismissed.”


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