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Old 09-28-2010, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default Steeler fans. Serious question about Libel

Hey fans. I am NOT a Lawyer. I was wondering, are there any steeler fans in here who are ? Okay maybe I am thinking this is too serious to be considered " Libel "
But again, I don't know. Below is the link to PFT Week 3 Power rankings. They have the Steelers # 1


But please fans, go there and read the caption written about Ben. Is THAT or can that Legally be considered Libel ? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.



http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ower-rankings/
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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Here's what they said about the Titans this week "It became easier for the Titans to rebound from the butt-kicking they took against the Steelers once the Titans realized that most teams will take a butt-kicking from the Steelers this year".

I love it!!!! GO STEELERS!!!
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:39 AM   #3
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Here's what they said about the Titans this week "It became easier for the Titans to rebound from the butt-kicking they took against the Steelers once the Titans realized that most teams will take a butt-kicking from the Steelers this year".

I love it!!!! GO STEELERS!!!



What does that have to do with my question ? Or about the legality of a Libel statement ?
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:46 AM   #4
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Default Re: Steeler fans. Serious question about Libel

No it is not a libel statement people are aloud to say most things they want as freedom of speech. If anything this would be a defamation of character suit if anything were to come of it. The fact that BB has no history of drug abuse (just woman) makes this statement defamatory, unlike the Braylon statement who just got busted for a DUI.
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:54 AM   #5
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No it is not a libel statement people are aloud to say most things they want as freedom of speech. If anything this would be a defamation of character suit if anything were to come of it. The fact that BB has no history of drug abuse (just woman) makes this statement defamatory, unlike the Braylon statement who just got busted for a DUI.



I KNOW it is a Defamation of Character. But it is in LIBEL form, i.e., Written form. If it were say spoken on a NFL Pre-game show by a NFL announcer, then it would be Defamation of Character by a " Slander " form..( Spoken )


Please can we get an opinion from someone with a confirmed LEGAL Background. And not one from someone without any High School educational Background!



Now you see what I just wrote..THAT is a Libelous statement. The only difference is I am not writing it on a national NFL Media site, or in a published Paper.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:06 AM   #6
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What does that have to do with my question ? Or about the legality of a Libel statement ?
You obviously have too much time on your hands. Just be happy the Steelers are 3-0. I apologize about posting somethiing positive about the Steelers maybe I should have started another useless thread. GO STEELERS!!!!!
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We should go on that site and say something to the effect of, Hey Florio, go back to watching kiddie porn and leave the football talk to the experts, and see what he thinks of that?
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:31 AM   #8
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This tool is obviously trying to be humorous but failing miserably. I do like what he has to say about the Ratbirds and Bungles though. Batman and Robin have only 30 more passing yards received than Austin Collie of the Colts. Thank goodness I got rolled the first week in Fantasy Football and was able to pick up Collie. As an added bonus, Kolb going down the first week netted me Kyle Orton and my team has been rolling ever since. As for Ben rolling a blunt, I have no idea where this moron came up with that statement. That was the best thing he could say about the team that he picked #1 in the power rankings? You can sue anyone for anything these days but I seriously doubt that is a valid libel suit. No, I am not a lawyer but I seriously doubt you will find many lawyers around here.

What do you call a busload of lawyers running off a cliff in a firey crash? A GOOD START.

P.S. you can easily change lawyers out for the press in that statement and it is just as true.
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:07 PM   #9
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The problem is BB brought it on himself by putting himself in those positions. You would have to show that because of some idiot on a message board said this or that, caused damages to BB's name and or stature and earning power. Considering he is more tarnished than the gold in the undersea world of Atlantis right now, it would be hard to say that post cost him money, credibility or stature.lol
good question though, but its a hard to prove libel anymore, as most of the time people are reiterating Gomething that is out and or expanding upon it.
Its like your wife out in a school parking lot, jabbering to the mom's, the story gets bigger and bigger and bigger, lol

I defend BB all day long to my loser jets and eagles fans, lol
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The problem is BB brought it on himself by putting himself in those positions. You would have to show that because of some idiot on a message board said this or that, caused damages to BB's name and or stature and earning power. Considering he is more tarnished than the gold in the undersea world of Atlantis right now, it would be hard to say that post cost him money, credibility or stature.lol
good question though, but its a hard to prove libel anymore, as most of the time people are reiterating Gomething that is out and or expanding upon it.
Its like your wife out in a school parking lot, jabbering to the mom's, the story gets bigger and bigger and bigger, lol

I defend BB all day long to my loser jets and eagles fans, lol




I appreciate your responce, but you are wrong on Ben bringing this on himself. How exactly ? First off Ben was never even arrested. Let alone charged or Indicted or convicted. And second, this was a clear case of a National Known Writer on an OFFICIAL NFL Site saying Ben is rolling a Blunt. When has Ben ever failed a drug test ? When has he ever been accused of even possibly smoking Pot before ?


That's like you being a public school teacher, and me being a writer, and saying you have had sex with children in a national newspaper. And because of the public pressure, the school fires you. What ? You don't think you have a Lawsuit ? Ben would have to prove damages as a result of Florio writing what he did. But, when you are a Major public figure who gets commercials and what not, if say that stops, Ben and his Lawyers can say it is directly a result of the Libelous writings of Florio.


And Florio cannot say it is because of Ben's other accusations cause nothing ever came of it. So technically, according to the Law it can't be considered in a Libel Lawsuit. Like it or not, what Florio wrote can possibly be worth Millions to Ben IF he chose to persue it. But make no mistake about it, Ben did NOT in any way bring THAT statement on himself.
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