Clippers’ Jerry West’s leaked voicemail sent fans into frenzy. An alleged voicemail, featuring Jerry West is circulating on social media.
The man suing Jerry West and the Clippers for his alleged role in landing Kawhi Leonard says Jerry West left him a voicemail message in 2019 acknowledging their relationship and trashing the Lakers in the process.
Johnny Wilkes told a media outlet … Jerry West left the voicemail for him on July 1, 2019, around 2 PM … “expressing concern that Kawhi would choose the Lakers over the Clippers.”
In the leaked voicemail, Jerry West can be heard saying:
“Hey there, this is Jerry calling. I really want to thank you a lot for trying to help. I heard this morning that everyone over in the Lakers camp thinks they’re gonna get him.”
“I just find it hard to believe that he would want to go to that sh*t show where he would not even be … wouldn’t even get his name in the paper and he wouldn’t be the face of the franchise that’s for sure.”
“He might be the best player on the team, but hope things are well and again, I really really appreciate everything you’ve done.”
The voicemail continues … “I will keep you apprised of what’s going on. But, I do want to get together with you privately and would love to take you to dinner and even Sam if he’s around. So I can at least pay my respects to you guys for being so generous and helpful. Take care, talk to you sometime soon. Bye-bye.”
According to further reports, Jerry West had reportedly promised Johnny Wilkins, the president of Inthepaint Academy, a sum of $2.5 million for helping the Clippers land the former Raptors player
Who is Johnny Wilkes? NBA launches probe on Jerry West and LA Clippers for ‘illegal’ deal signing Kawhi Leonard
Johnny Wilkes is the president of inthepaint Academy. The company’s Facebook page describes it as a non-profit organization stating, “ITP for Pure Competition Academy is a non-profit organization wholly dedicated to the inner city, 7-17 years and college-bound athletes of Los Angeles and surrounding areas”.
In what comes as a startling piece of news, the NBA has launched an investigation on the allegations around Jerry West and the Los Angeles Clippers acquiring their star player, Kawhi Leonard.
This update is after TMZ reported the allegations regarding Kawhi’s addition to the Clippers after he became a free agent in 2019. West had reportedly promised Johnny Wilkes, the president of Inthepaint Academy, a sum of $2.5 million for helping the Clippers land the former Raptors player.
Johnny Wilkes, according to TMZ also said that West had agreed to give Robertson a home in Southern California and a travel expense account for help securing Kawhi. Wilkes also added he was never paid his money. He also claimed that he had told West to acquire Paul George first before zeroing-in on Kawhi.
According to ESPN, “The lawsuit filed by Johnny Wilkes is replete with inaccuracies and the allegations are baseless,” the Clippers said in a statement. “The Clippers are fully cooperating with the NBA in its investigation, which is standard when these types of allegations are made. They are providing the NBA with evidence that the allegations are false.”