One week ago, Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West made it clear he was not happy with the way he was depicted in HBO’s “Winning Time.”
He sent a letter, via his attorney, to HBO demanding an apology. “You replaced the real Jerry West — a consummate professional — with his polar opposite, then portrayed this lie to the public as genuine,” the letter reads, via the Los Angeles Times. “You thereby violated the law.”
That’s not all. West said he’s willing to take this matter all the way to the Supreme Court – which elicited many of the same joke.
“Exactly what his character on the show would do,” one basketball analyst said.
Exactly what his character on the show would do https://t.co/1xYMmA3DNH
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) April 26, 2022
After his latest comments, HBO decided to respond with a statement of its own.
“HBO has a long history of producing compelling content drawn from actual facts and events that are fictionalized in part for dramatic purposes,” the statement read.
“‘Winning Time’ is not a documentary and has not been presented as such. However, the series and its depictions are based on extensive factual research and reliable sourcing, and HBO stands resolutely behind our talented creators and cast who have brought a dramatization of this epic chapter in basketball history to the screen.”
HBO isn’t backing down. How will West respond?