Will NFLPA sue NFL over allegation of victim-shaming?

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The legal battle arising from the Ezekiel Elliott suspension could spawn other courtroom skirmishes.

On Monday, the NFL made a stunning allegation against the NFL Players Association: “[W]e’ve received multiple reports of the NFLPA spreading derogatory information to the media.”

During a Thursday appearance on PFT Live, NFLPA executive committee member Lorenzo Alexander used the word “slander” in reference to the league’s contention. And that’s a word that catches the ear of anyone with experience in litigation.

People typically don’t use words like “slander” unless a formal claim for defamation of character has been considered. Whether or not litigation ensues, Alexander’s comment suggests that the union is at least exploring whether to defend its reputation by forcing the NFL to back up its claim with proof. And that’s exactly what formal litigation would do, permitting the NFLPA to ask tough questions about how and why the NFL came to that conclusion, especially since the NFL generated the 160-page report that has been leaked in dribs and drabs to the media.

From the NFL’s perspective, it may be an acceptable risk. Even if the league doesn’t know with sufficient certainty that the NFLPA is spreading derogatory information about Tiffany Thompson to the media, the statement from Joe Lockhart quite possibly was aimed at getting whoever has been leaking the negative information to stop it.

If that was the objective, maybe it’s working. With stories containing negative information about Thompson emerging on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, there has yet to be a Thursday story that paints Thompson in a negative light.

19 responses to “Will NFLPA sue NFL over allegation of victim-shaming?

  1. So if one side interprets the other side’s comments as victim-shaming, then the alleged victim-shamers can sue for disagreeing with that interpretation?

    Why is this even being reported?

  2. The League slandered Brady. But they also libled him with that phony report written by Exponent, and edited by the League Attorney, Jeff Pash.

    If I were the NFL, I would be very careful when sling words such as Slander around. Discovery could be come very interesting in such a case. Goodell wouldn’t be able to bar exculpatory witnesses from being compelled to testify/ provide statements/ give a deposition in such a proceeding like he did with Jeff Pash.

  3. If this suspension get overturned, I feel sorry for the next guy that gets caught domestic violencing. He’ll probably end up buried in the end zone of the Rams new stadium.

  4. Here we go again….the woman is always right, must never be questioned and she ALWAYS tells the truth…..right??

    It’s ridiculous he’s been suspended before the case has even been fully adjudicated but that’s the state of the NFL (and in many cases the US) today – guilty until proven innocent….and then maybe still just a little bit guilty anyway.

  5. NFLPA really cannot sue for defamation. Notwithstanding the organization’s ability to sue for defamation in the first place, they would never survive the standards set forth in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan.

  6. Where exactly is the defamation in “[W]e’ve received multiple reports of the NFLPA spreading derogatory information to the media?” No doubt they received plenty of such reports, probably dozens from their own media outlet alone and all of them documented should the need arise to prove it.

  7. The same Joe Lockhart that victim shamed Monica Lewinsky while working for the largest criminal organization known to man (AKA the Clintons)? Pot meet kettle…

  8. 4rings4brady says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:03 am
    The League slandered Brady. But they also libled him with that phony report written by Exponent, and edited by the League Attorney, Jeff Pash.

    If I were the NFL, I would be very careful when sling words such as Slander around. Discovery could be come very interesting in such a case. Goodell wouldn’t be able to bar exculpatory witnesses from being compelled to testify/ provide statements/ give a deposition in such a proceeding like he did with Jeff Pash.

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    i said this 2 years ago

    brady’s ace in the hole was a defamation suit

    he would have buried goodell and whichever owners were in on
    framegate I (spygate) and framegate II (deflategate)

    can you imagine all the evidence on goodell’s phone and computer?

    my goodness

  9. It is shocking that a player would use the word slander without a clue about the legal ramifications? Did he go to law school? Sometimes you have to shake your head at these stories.

  10. RegisHawk says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:18 am
    Only if they want to look stupid, but stranger things have happened.
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    Tow that line!

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