TULSA, Okla. - Months after a Sports Illustrated series revealed alleged misconduct surround the Oklahoma State University Athletics program one person mentioned in one of the articles is suing the magazine.
FOX23 talked to attorney Gary Richardson about the lawsuit. He filed it on behalf of his cliet, John Talley, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative who Sports Illustrated claimed paid players.
“The Dirty Game” was the name of the 5-part series published last September.
Talley claims it was a work of fiction.
The lawsuit claims SI made particular, specific and malicious allegations against plaintiff.
Namely that Talley paid OSU football players too much for work. The lawsuit also says Sports Iillustrated knowingly, intentionally and falsely published that Talley says he sometimes paid players a fee for speaking arrangements.
It all took a toll on Talley.
“Quite distressed and I would even say offended by the articles that Sports Illustrated had written that made him appear to be someone he wasn’t. This situation has stopped his ability to work with the athletes at the present moment and you know that’s been a part of his ministry and part of his helping young people,” said Richardson.
Now, Sports Illustrated has 30 days to reply to the lawsuit.