Analysis

HBO Libel Suit May Not Be 'Winning Time' For Jerry West

By Max Jaeger (April 21, 2022, 7:34 PM EDT) -- Legendary former Lakers player and executive Jerry West has threatened HBO with a defamation suit over his depiction as a rage-fueled drunkard in the new series "Winning Time," but experts say a libel-in-fiction win is far from guaranteed for the nine-time NBA champion.

The Adam McKay-produced series colorfully chronicles the on- and off-the-court lives of Los Angeles Lakers players and executives during the team's rise in the 1980s, when West served as general manager. But West says it also smears him by wrongly implying he made poor decisions, struggled to hide his drinking at work, and was prone to violent outbursts....

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!