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Thursday, August 16, 2007

All Those Sports Suits, Criminal & Civil

The Washington Post's Michael Wilbon, one of the best sports columnists working today, has a column today about the general state of sports and the law, including a discussion of the defamation suit being brought by a Rutgers player against Don Imus and of the potential defamation suits to come from Barry Bonds.

Okay, Bonds's suit against Schilling would be frivolous at best because Bonds is a public figure. And to prove Schilling made knowingly or recklessly false statements, Bonds would have to submit his life to a degree of discovery a man with his baggage doesn't want to undergo.

An even bigger waste of time, it would seem to me, would be Vaughn's lawsuit against Imus, who never said her name on air, never identified her in any way in his mean and stupid remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team back in April. Nobody outside the Rutgers campus even knows Vaughn played for the team unless she tells them. You can't imagine this would have any real traction in court, unless Judge Al Sharpton was presiding.

That's pretty much the extent of the Torts-related discussion, but the column is worth reading regardless.


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