Jerry West requests retraction for depiction in HBO’s ‘Winning Time’

Former Lakers legend Jerry West is reportedly not happy with the way HBO’s new series, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty has portrayed his character. West’s legal team sent a letter to HBO and to the producer of the series, Adam McKay, requesting a backtracking and an apology from the network.

ESPN obtained a copy of the letter from West’s lawyers stating that the show allegedly characterized the West as an uncontrollable, “intoxicated rage-where” which “bears no resemblance to the real man” he is.

The show is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. West, himself, referred to the series as a “baseless and malicious assault” is his character.

Skip Miller, one of West’s lawyers and a partner at Miller Barondess, an LLP law firm, said the show is based on fabrication that attempts to create facts that have “caused great distress to the West and his family.”


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