Zion Williamson annoyed by work rate digs after contract ‘weight clause’

Zion Williamson is said to be annoyed by the backlash from the ‘weight clause’ in his recently signed New Orleans Pelicans contract.

He signed the monster five-year $231 million contract at the start of July after the Pelicans drafted him first overall in 2019, but it wasn’t all good news for the 22-year-old.

The deal commits Williamson to regular weigh-ins and means he could lose part of his guaranteed money if his combined weight and body-fat percentage is above 295 pounds.

That’s led to questions about his work rate, criticism that Williamson hasn’t taken well.

“From what I’ve heard, it truly bothers him because people use his apparent weight gains in the past as proof that Williamson doesn’t like to work or doesn’t care about doing what’s necessary to be great,” William Guillory reported for the Athletic.

Guillory added that ‘fat-jokes’ aren’t bothering Williamson.

He’s officially listed as 284 pounds but with injuries and the off-season he’s said to have weighed more than 300 pounds at one point in the last 12 months.

But the Duke product is committed to the contract clause, and reportedly knew the Pelicans wanted to add fitness conditions into the deal before negotiations started.