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Jerry West Furious With Portrayal In TV Series, Demands Apology

Jerry West on an NBA court.

19 Dec 1998: Jerry West looks on during the Las Vegas Shootout between the Arizona Wildcats and the Iowa State Cyclones at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Navada. Arizona defeated Iowa St. 75-61.

Former Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West is furious with the makers of HBO's "Winning Time."

According to a report from ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, West "demanded a retraction and an apology." West reportedly feels the show cast "a baseless and malicious assault" on his character.

West's lawyers allege that "Winning Time falsely and cruelly portrays Mr. West as an out-of-control, intoxicated rage-aholic." The lawyers allegedly asked for a retraction in the next two weeks.

Here's a portion of the letter, via ESPN:

"The portrayal of NBA icon and LA Lakers legend Jerry West in 'Winning Time' is fiction pretending to be fact -- a deliberately false characterization that has caused great distress to Jerry and his family," said Skip Miller, a partner at the Miller Barondess, LLP law firm in Los Angeles and attorney for West.

"Contrary to the baseless portrayal in the HBO series, Jerry had nothing but love for and harmony with the Lakers organization, and in particular owner Dr. Jerry Buss, during an era in which he assembled one of the greatest teams in NBA history."

It's unclear what can be done for West as the show is almost done with its first season already.

We'll have the latest when it becomes available.