Lakers’ Jerry West demands apology for portrayal of winning time

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Last month, HBO released its new drama series Buying Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty—based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman— which follows the personal and professional life of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s. On April 19, the former Los Angeles Lakers executive’s legal team jerry west sent a letter to HBO and winning time producer Adam McKay demanding a retraction and an apology for his portrayal on the show, according to ESPN.

West’s lawyer Skip Miller says in the letter “winning time falsely and cruelly portrays Mr. West as an intoxicated, uncontrollable maniac,” who “looks nothing like the real man.”

“Jerry West was integral to the success of the Lakers and the NBA,” the letter continues, “It’s a travesty that HBO knowingly belittled him for his shock value and pursuit of ratings.”

“As an act of common decency,” the letter continues, “HBO and the producers owe Jerry a public apology and should at the very least withdraw their baseless and defamatory portrayal of him.”


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