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Sports and Athletes at the Courthouse

Until September 1 and the start of the UT football season rolls around, there just isn’t much going on here in Austin sports-wise. So when we saw that Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post had written an article about athletes and their civil litigation and criminal prosecution woes (the latter of which hit a little close to home for some of us UT fans this summer), we had to link to it.

It may be a stretch to say that the article will be interesting to our regular audience of personal injury and civil litigation lawyers out there, but at least it has these tort snippets:

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.

In the meantime, there are only 17 more days to kick-off.

Thanks to fellow UT law grad Bill Childs and his TortsProf blog for the link.

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