Former UCLA men’s basketball student-athlete Reeves Nelson filed suit against Sports Illustrated relating to the story titled “Not the UCLA Way” that was published by the magazine in the print edition on March 5, 2012. Nelson has filed suit seeking damages of $10 million pursuant to theories of defamation, false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. According to the lawsuit, Nelson takes umbrage to being labeled a “psychotic bully” and claims the instances identified in the article in which Nelson was accused of bullying are false. As stated in the lawsuit, the anonymous quotes referenced in the article have been confirmed as not attributable to any of Nelson’s UCLA teammates and, thus, are exaggerated and false. The suit was filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles.
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