Whoever filed the fake lawsuit against Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel may be getting sued.
The woman named as the plaintiff in the lawsuit, HLN contributor Samantha Schacher, said via Twitter that the civil complaint filed in a Florida federal court is indeed a hoax. She claims that the person who filed the lawsuit is named Jonathan Lee Riches, who has a history of filing lawsuits. To say the least.
Riches, who surely has none, now may be on the receiving end of a lawsuit from Manziel. Via USA Today, agent Erik Burkhardt said that litigation is possible.
“We absolutely will protect our client to the fullest extent of the law,” Burkhardt said.
The better move at this point would be to do nothing. Even though a small percentage of the audience will believe the lawsuit is real no matter what anyone says — and an even larger slice of Bengals, Steelers, and/or Ravens fans will incorporate terms from the filing into their taunts of Manziel — most reasonable people realize that it’s a hoax. Doing something about it will only keep the thing alive even longer.