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Ex-UCLA Hoops Star

Suing S.I. for Claiming He

Pissed on Teammate's Bed

5/23/2012 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former UCLA basketball stud Reeves Nelson says a Sports Illustrated writer slammed him with a defamatory article that claimed he ran amok on campus, and even peed on a player's bed ... and now TMZ has learned he's set to sue for $10 million.

If you don't remember ... Nelson was a 6'8'' stud at UCLA from 2009 - 2011, and by far the best player on the squad -- but was booted from the team in December 2011 after a second suspension for disciplinary issues ... including missing a team flight.

The March 5, 2012 issue of Sports Illustrated featured an article penned by George Dohrmann which claimed UCLA Coach Ben Howland let Nelson get away with everything but murder because he was "producing" on the court.

According to Nelson's lawsuit, the article claimed he was not punished after fighting with multiple teammates and intentionally injuring them during practice. The S.I. article also claims Nelson "urinated on [a teammate's] bed and clothes" -- purely as revenge for the player allegedly squealing about a New Year's Eve party.

But Nelson's high-powered entertainment lawyer Keith Fink says they can prove Dohrmann "recklessly and negligently failed to investigate the claims in the article." The lawsuit includes declarations from 18 UCLA players and ex-players who deny every allegation about Nelson.

In fact, former teammate Tyler Honeycutt says, "Nelson did not pile my clothes on my bed, and he certainly did not urinate on my clothes." According to the suit, most of the players say Dohrmann never contacted them -- and the 2 who were contacted denied the allegations.

The lawsuit further claims the S.I. writer has a longstanding beef with UCLA because he "publicly attacked UCLA's Baron Davis for driving a black 1991 Chevy Blazer, which Dohrmann publicly claimed had been purchased in violation of NCAA rules." NCAA investigators later shot down those allegations.

Nelson's suing for damages in excess of $10 million. The suit will be filed today in L.A. County Superior Court.

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1.

V Kint    

Is this guy an R Kelly fan or something?

801 days ago
2.

john wayne gacy    

c'mon people; what's a little golden
showers between teammates anyways;

801 days ago
3.

Tim    

Where in the article did it say he pissed on a player? I didn't see that in the article. Only talked about the players clothing. TMZ is fast and loose with the headlines again.

801 days ago
4.

Jack    

Realized he's not going to get rich in the NBA so let's sue someone. Why not try getting a f*cking job you worthless P.O.S.

801 days ago
5.

shewentwhoa    

The title is misleading. Sigh, TMZ get your Shi shi together.

801 days ago
6.

anonymous    

Reeves Nelson is a complete jerk. Nelson lacks credibility. Reeves Nelson is finished as a basketball player.

801 days ago
7.

MGM    

Kim Kardashian was quoted as saying, "Why waste perfectly good urine on a bed and clothes?"

801 days ago
8.

jason    

Ohio State should sue SI for that article that didn't contain a grain of truth.

801 days ago
9.

HRH Prince Michael    

Disgusting, not unlike the way that an actual Confederacy of Evil ("Corporate America", their well-place and well-financed politicians, along with the state-serving Print and Broadcast "Media")
urinated upon -both- the Judeo-Christian precepts
this Country was founded upon, and the American Citizenry.

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801 days ago
10.

Wcblues    

Hmmm, whats 10 million divided by the witnesse who deny the charge amount to?

801 days ago
11.

pimpc    

who? Neva heard of him.

801 days ago
12.

Cheri    

Hey I have to ask was Kim K on the bed lol

801 days ago
13.

chris    

HE'll never make it on the COURT....might as well try to make it off ........

801 days ago
14.

Jay    

Good for him; I hope he gets it!

801 days ago
15.

Jay    

Good for him; I hope he gets it. Tired of these media Nazis.

801 days ago
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