The previous Los Angeles Lakers participant and govt has demanded a retraction and an apology from HBO, arguing that the sequence showcases him as an “out-of-control, intoxicated rage-a-holic,” in line with ESPN.
West’s legal professional despatched a letter to HBO and producer Adam McKay on Tuesday night time calling the present’s illustration of him a “baseless” and “malicious” assault. The letter, which was obtained by ESPN, asks for a retraction along with a public apology.
“The portrayal of NBA icon and L.A. Lakers legend Jerry West in ‘Profitable Time’ is fiction pretending to be truth — a intentionally false characterization that has brought about nice misery to Jerry and his household,” stated Skip Miller, an legal professional representing West.
“Profitable Time” depicts the rise of the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty within the late Nineteen Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties. West served because the staff’s head coach and basic supervisor throughout that period. Beneath West’s reign, Los Angeles received six championship rings.
“Jerry West was an integral a part of the Lakers and NBA’s success. It’s a travesty that HBO has knowingly demeaned him for shock worth and the pursuit of rankings. As an act of widespread decency, HBO and the producers owe Jerry a public apology and on the very least ought to retract their baseless and defamatory portrayal of him,” stated Miller.
In response to West’s legal professionals, HBO’s disclaimer that the sequence is a dramatization doesn’t exclude the community from legal responsibility.
West left the Lakers to handle the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002 and has since moved on to work for the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.