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April 07, 2005

Bo Jackson was accused of steroids and has decided to file a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper.: This is huge news as it serves as the first professional athlete in today's culture to stand up against accusations. The story takes on a life of its own as the newspaper pulls the article and the accuser is a nutritionist with no apparent steroids expertise. After all the Balco and Canseco accusations, this is the first athlete to sue for defamation.

posted by pgrote to general at 10:24 AM - 14 comments

I would have thought Todd Helton would have been the first they way he went off on that reporter.

posted by jasonspaceman at 10:34 AM on April 07

As a sports fan I just don't want it to be true.

posted by ZDYOLDMAN at 10:40 AM on April 07

Helton went off on the reporter, but didn't sue for defamation. Bo Knows Lawsuits. You'd think McGwire, et. al. would have stepped up and sued Canseco.

posted by pgrote at 10:43 AM on April 07

Maybe nobody is suing JOse cause he is somewhat truthful in his book! Bo has kept pretty quiet since his playing days...I hope he wins--cause I do believe him......

posted by daddisamm at 10:52 AM on April 07

It is difficult to win a defamation suit. However, Bo has the additional assistance of the nutritionist who not only denies having made those statements, but has a videotape to prove it. Not a fine day for the media.

posted by bperk at 11:39 AM on April 07

Bo has the additional assistance of the nutritionist who not only denies having made those statements, but has a videotape to prove it Exactly, and when I heard that last night I thought: "man, is that paper screwed." The person they quoted in the article is even saying its false, that she didn't say it, and she handed over a tape of her speech/statements that allegedly backs this up. They are totally busted if all of that is true. A jury can look at a tape of the exact same thing the reporter saw and if they don't hear her saying that, its pretty easy to figure out the rest. Bo's reaction to the newspaper article was the reaction I expected from Palmeiro and never got. If its not true, then go after who ever said it.

posted by chris2sy at 12:34 PM on April 07

"Bo's reaction to the newspaper article was the reaction I expected from Palmeiro and never got. If its not true, then go after who ever said it." Agreed. Shocking that more people who deny taking steroids don't take action against their accusers.

posted by pgrote at 04:11 PM on April 07

After actually having the priviledge to meet him, I can't belive it's true. Bo is a great role model and person who does alot of charity work. He is also a very humble guy. I hope this sets a new precidence for the media.

posted by volfire at 04:59 PM on April 07

A lawsuit? Sounds like Roid Rage to me...

posted by charlatan at 05:07 PM on April 07

It really isn't surprising that more people don't sue; these cases can be hard to win and even if you are telling the truth, suing may just makes things worse. This case is different, since Bo has overwhelming evidence in his favor, and I doubt it'll even make it to court.

posted by spira at 05:56 PM on April 07

Maybe nobody is suing JOse cause he is somewhat truthful in his book! Or, maybe they just let the fact that the book is a piece of garbage do the damage. I heard some guys on the radio ripping it to pieces because it's full of inaccuracies and made up stories (about things he supposedly did on the ballfield), and replaying the interview clip where he says "It's 100% true." One of my favourite was how he tells some story about what he was doing on the bench during Game 6 of the World Series against the Mets (when he was a Yankee).

posted by grum@work at 12:53 AM on April 08

how he tells some story about what he was doing on the bench during Game 6 of the World Series against the Mets (when he was a Yankee) His brain got jammed from when he was on the Rangers and that ball crowned him then went over the wall for an HR. He probably thinks that the A's won the Series in 1990 and 1988 too.

posted by chris2sy at 01:40 AM on April 08

Hey, my name is "BigAl4Auburn" what the hell do you think I want to believe? I have been around Bo, on the diamond and off. In my opinion, he was probably one of the most naturally gifted athletes ever. No, he did not gain 48 pounds in one off season. Bo has one of the best, biggest hearts of anyone that I have ever met. He is active in the lives of many children who live at the "King's Ranch" in Alabama (similar to Boys Town, etc). If Bo says he didn't do it, then I will stand beside him until the cows come home. Even if something comes up that may cast a doubt on him, I choose to NOT believe. I cast my vote for Bo! War Eagle!

posted by BigAl4Auburn at 02:58 AM on April 08

Sue his ass Bo! These media blowhards are getti9ng out of control, and the only way you can fix them is to take what they hold dear. their $$$$$ which is why they continue to go out on limbs to ruin people's lives anyway.

posted by rockhard10 at 10:30 AM on April 14

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