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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

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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I am Spartacus    

isn't it amazing that people are ripping HIM for trying to clear his name and reputation which is attacked by this writer who apparently just made up stories without having sources to back him up.

So lets get on the player for standing up for himself instead of the writer who lied and can continue on with his job.

881 days ago


First of all TMZ stop writing like you are working for yahoo and you are a 15 y/o girl in the OC.

He was not a superstud; in fact 2 guys off that time were drafted to the NBA.

The NBA is still not interested in Nelson and he doesn't seem to be good enough for the NBA. He wasn't the best player by far.

881 days ago


Reeves a fine white boy! He can p...well, not he can't but he is fine!

881 days ago


It's better than pissing on his leg and telling him it's raining.

881 days ago


The funny thing is I asked the father of one the players that was on the team if any part of the story was true and he said a lot was true. The big thing he said he would do is going after people if they had injuries, but he was just out of control. He was a good guy off the court but once he got on the court he would treat the team like crap.

881 days ago
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