Bush threatens legal action, wants reporters fired

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On Friday, the New Orleans Advocate reported that Darren Sharper’s codefendant implicated Lions running back Reggie Bush in the spiking of drinks with ecstasy.  Bush’s lawyer has since strongly disputed the allegations on the player’s behalf, indicating that Bush is contemplating legal action.

Bush personally has addressed the situation on Twitter, taking an aggressive stand against the report.

“Shame on John Simerman & Ramon Vargas of The Advocate Newspaper 4 writing this false story!” Bush said.  “They should be fired for their irresponsibility!”

Bush wants more than the termination of the employment of the reporters.  He wants a retraction of the story — and he’s no longer considering the possibility of litigation.

“I 100 percent intend to take legal action against The Advocate if they do not retract their LIE-FILLED article,” Bush said. “Shame on you!

While Bush understandably is upset about the report, the Advocate isn’t making any accusations.  Instead, the Advocate has repeated information that Brandon Licciardi provided to investigators.  While we’re not familiar with the nuances of Louisiana law on these issues, it seems that liability would attach not to the Advocate for reporting on the statements made by Licciardi, but to Licciardi for making them.

It’s also not clear how the Advocate obtained information about Licciardi’s statement; it’s possible that the dissemination of the remarks amounts to a breach of a court order or a violation of privacy.

76 responses to “Bush threatens legal action, wants reporters fired

  1. It is a pretty serious accusation and if untrue, you can understand Bush’s outrage. Unfortunately, as often happens, the denial gets more coverage than the accusation and some people figure where there is smoke, there is fire, particularly when the guy being accused is Black, famous and rich.

  2. Comments on this have been so judgmental. I can’t believe it can take the testimony of a criminal witness to tarnish a man’s reputation that he’s been building for 30 something years of his life. Shameful, judgmental folk

  3. rl79111 says:
    Feb 7, 2015 11:45 AM
    LoL Good Luck with that!! Too late, the secret is out!! Florio Wins!!!!

    Roofie Bush!

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    Who said anything about “roofies”?

    In commenting on an article, it’s usually helpful to actually read the damn thing first.

  4. Have we gotten to the point in today’s media where anything and everything will be printed as long as there’s a “source.” Old school Investigative reporting has become a thing of the past as most journalists wants to deliver the breaking news, regardless of it’s accuracy. Is Bush innocent or guilty in this incident? I have no clue. But prior to printing a demeaning article, complete your research.

  5. To support a claim of slander you must show that the statement is untrue. But then you just show that the false statement harms your good reputation. Does Bush’s history demonstrate a good reputation?

  6. grantgoodman93 says:
    Feb 7, 2015 11:52 AM.

    Comments on this have been so judgmental. I can’t believe it can take the testimony of a criminal witness to tarnish a man’s reputation that he’s been building for 30 something years of his life. Shameful, judgmental folk

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    Oh please, you’re making him out to be some sorta saint. The guy took cash among other benefits in college and had to return his Heisman! Bush is done and he played with fire once and got burned and looks to be happening again….Cry more!

  7. “I really don’t get the big deal. I mean, these chicks were getting FREE “e”!! Nobody says a word when Thomas Davis gives away FREE Turkey’s. Hell man, they gave him an award!!” #PartyYourBody

    -Wes

  8. I’m waiting for some of the stellar reporters in today’s world of high journalism standards to break a story about a high profile NFL player being a serial killer. After all, the reporter’s trusted source heard it secondhand from Pookie the drug dealer.

    The press needs to either show us evidence or shut up. And if they can’t, they should pay up.

  9. It wouldn’t have taken much effort to familiarize your with “nuances” of Louisiana laws in this regard. I assume you and the Advocate are unfamiliar with something called common decency, which existed long before common law.

  10. I believe libel/defamation is printing false information which would the lower the standing or damage the reputation of the individual in the eyes of the reasonable person. Repeating false information is still libel, but it would have to be proved to be false and that it damaged Bush’s reputation first.

  11. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    Feb 7, 2015 11:55 AM
    rl79111 says:
    Feb 7, 2015 11:45 AM
    LoL Good Luck with that!! Too late, the secret is out!! Florio Wins!!!!

    Roofie Bush!

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    Who said anything about “roofies”?

    In commenting on an article, it’s usually helpful to actually read the damn thing first.

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    I know you’re try to look funny and smart on here….but rl791111 is a blatant troll on here and the context of his post clearly shows that and the fact that you reacted to it is exactly what he wants, so good work there Brandon!

    Reggie is probably in the clear, this will all blow over soon, calm down people, don’t waste energy on this non-sense!

  12. So many here are missing a very important point – the reporters didn’t say that Bush spiked drinks – they said that another person said that. If they taped the interview as most reporters do, all they have to do is play it and his case disappears.

    Now reporting it without corroborating evidence is something to discuss.

  13. Yea i like the old days when the media actually checked to see if the information is true. I get a kick out of the “law” the law is you can interview a liar and then publish the lie for millions to see and if it is wrong , oh it ain’t the reporters fault that he passed on a lie and made that lie public for millions to see. After all I am sure that the reporter had absolutely nothing to do with exposing a lie to millions of people. I am sure it would have happened without his involvement. Maybe someone in the media will start to stand up and do what is right instead of hide behind this journalist integrity that doesn’t exist.

  14. The media is always targeting certain people with the intent to covertly destroy them. Television is design to program people minds to believe in whatever they are reporting. That is how stereotypes are formed.

  15. Because Bush is a well known public figure in the public eye, I believe he can only sue for Libel.

    Libel is a method of defamation expressed by print, writing, pictures, signs, effigies, or any communication embodied in physical form that is injurious to a person’s reputation, exposes a person to public hatred, contempt or ridicule, or injures a person in his/her business or profession.

  16. well florio can’t be sued for anything….says right at the top “news and rumors”…..sorry reggie!!

  17. Reggie states that John Simerman & Ramon Vargas wrote a false story about him, which, on face value, is a grossly hypocritical and false claim for Reggie to make. The most readily available PFT posts on the matter seem (to me) to contend that the story by Simerman & Ramon is a factual accounting of statements made by Licciardi, which does NOT equate to the publishing of a false story by the Advocate. So does this mean that Reggie is irresponsible in his accusations and his calling for the firing of the two writers? Should the two writers sue Reggie for defamation? I’m really mixed up now.

  18. What a great country we live in. A journalist has the ability to spread an unfounded lie in a sensitive criminal case and get paid for doing so….

  19. I don’t believe the report and Reggie should be angry. I just don’t believe a guy like Reggie bush would need to spike a drink to get women in bed…what hope is there for all of us if a pro football player with millions of dollars a Super Bowl ring, and a heisman trophy can’t get laid?

  20. Considering he admitted to hitting his one year old daughter, who at that age can’t comprehend right or wrong, you’d think bush would realize he has no character to defame

  21. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots and their fans say “That’s what I’m talking about, you know what I saying”?

  22. grantgoodman93 says:

    I can’t believe it can take the testimony of a criminal witness to tarnish a man’s reputation that he’s been building for 30 something years of his life.
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    Oh, the only guy who was ever stripped of a Heisman.

  23. I’m sorry, how many cars or houses did Reggie purchase while in college. And now he screams shame on someone? Next thing you know we’ll hear is he is taking legal action against Detroit because he can’t be counted on to play a full game.

  24. Brian Williams saw everything. At least he remembers seeing it. Just like on another occasion in New Orleans.

  25. We’ll have to see if 100%-sure Bush follows through with a lawsuit. It’s curious that Bush is focusing only on the reporters.

    Bush’s beef should be more with the anonymous cop or prosecutor who leaked the transcript of Licciardi’s interview. The only reason for doing that would be to cast Bush in a bad light. With the transcript in hand, as far as we know, the reporter accurately reported what Licciardi had told the police.

    Bush would have to prove that the reporter published this story knowing it was false or with reckless disregard for the truth. That’s a heavy burden.

    On the other hand, since this transcript was leaked and not attached to a filed pleading or introduced in a public court proceeding, the reporter might not enjoy the privilege that applies to those who accurately report filed pleadings or public court proceedings.

    Stay tuned.

  26. Story is suspect. Not a fan but I highly doubt Reggie has any problems getting laid, especially in Vegas! I can see him sharing his stash but dropping it in girls’ drinks behind their back? No need.

  27. hammerhead5573 says:
    Feb 7, 2015 1:23 PM
    I’m sorry, how many cars or houses did Reggie purchase while in college. And now he screams shame on someone? Next thing you know we’ll hear is he is taking legal action against Detroit because he can’t be counted on to play a full game.

    ———–

    So because he broke NCAA rules it’s ok to claim he tries to drug women? He has to defend himself.

  28. Any dude that’s parents were living in a luxury mansion paid for by USC boosters get ZERO benefit of the doubt. Black, white or whatever. Bush is shady. And he slept with Kim K. #extrashady

  29. The reporter’s role here is the same as the national media’s when they printed what Goodell said about Vilma. They can’t be sued.

    Licciardi is the one that made the remarks but, like Goodell proved, any sleazebag can say something rotten about a player and get away with it.

    Vilma had plenty of witnesses prepared to testify that no such thing happened at the player’s meeting but the judge ruled that since Vilma was famous, Goodell could spout whatever malicious lies he wanted about him. The truth didn’t matter.

    Licciardi and Goodell are the same. An NFL player is ripe plucking for any two-bit crook.

  30. Dude did roids in college! Anyone ever wonder why hes injury prone since joining the NFL! He and Cheat Carroll Were in cahoots at USC!

  31. I don’t know how LA law defines slander & libel either, but it’s crazy the Advocate could publish the allegation that someone committed a crime, without any charges against that person.

    It isn’t –strictly speaking– “news.”

    It’s just a guy talking smack about another guy. I don’t see how Bush is crucial to Sharper’s defense. At best it looks like a “everybody was doing it” cop out.

    The informant could say *anything* but nobody’s going to hear it unless the Advocate picks it up and publishes it. But the Advocate is singularly NOT responsible for any of it the fallout?

    I could be all wet on this, who knows, it just seems backwards. But the law, as they say, is an ass.

  32. Some people kill me.So since he was a broke college athlete and did what so many have done in take money to support himself now he must be a rapist. Sad world when idiot people think that. Just because some criminal made a statement about a person doesn’t make it true. If you are order than 9 years old you should be able to figure that out

  33. It’s not always about the story being reported, it’s more about how the story is reported.

  34. Why should we believe Reggie Bush? Nixon and Clinton were adamant they were innocent too, until they were proven to be liars.

    Bush caused USC to receive some of the harshest sanctions every doled out by the NCAA. He got away scot free, unless you want to bring up the fact that he had to return the biggest joke award ever, The Heismann.

    Meanwhile the players left behind at USC took the hit.

    These reporters merely reported what what said to an investigator. So Bush can throw a hissy fit all he wants, but they did nothing wrong.

  35. Let’s not forget that the broad leniency our laws provide in expressing news, ideas, propaganda, and gossip is afforded to all of us in the US in an attempt to distinguish us from other countries like … hmm, let’s use North Korea, for example.

    Some of you will never get it, and that’s ok, because you don’t make the rules.

  36. If Mort says Bush spiked 11 of the 12 drinks he laid down, it is certainly worthy of a conviction. No more to even say about it.

  37. In the media world, scandals are more profitable than truth. They will usually promote the scandal for all it’s worth. Later on, they can one again profit from the facts that either prove or disprove the scandal. They make much less money by reporting only verified facts.

  38. Tried and guilty (in the press)! There you have it.

    If different, the retraction will be on page 15 of the Bismarck herald news, along with the latest hog prices!

  39. Nobody with a brain believed your lies at USC, and nobody with a brain believes you now, either.

  40. you hang around with sharper……good as guilty imho. you did it bush, if he didnt do it, why does he need a flipping attorney? his career is as good as over. dirtbag

  41. richc111 says:
    Feb 7, 2015 12:28 PM
    Yea i like the old days when the media actually checked to see if the information is true. I get a kick out of the “law” the law is you can interview a liar and then publish the lie for millions to see and if it is wrong , oh it ain’t the reporters fault that he passed on a lie and made that lie public for millions to see. After all I am sure that the reporter had absolutely nothing to do with exposing a lie to millions of people. I am sure it would have happened without his involvement. Maybe someone in the media will start to stand up and do what is right instead of hide behind this journalist integrity that doesn’t exist.

    ^^^THIS! Responsible journalism. In todays society everyone just reads the first headline that comes out and takes it as the truth, whether its correct or not. This can have damaging effects on a person reputation. The journalist has a responsibility to make sure the information is correct and stop just trying to scoop everyone else and make a name for themselves.

  42. The question now is why would this defendant say this about Bush? does he have a personal grudge againt the man for some unknown reason? why would he even care or think about Reggie Bush after all this time. of course Bush is going ballistic,who wouldnt, whether you are indeed innocent of the accusation or the defendants statement is true and you must appear innocent by vehemently protesting his allegation. stay tuned for the rest of the story.

  43. I love how Reggie Bush is blamed for taking money from USC boosters, and poor USC took the fall. The worst punishment in NCAA history???? How old are you? Ever heard of a little college called SMU in Dallas and the Death Penalty? That exposed the entire program, president of university, and the governor of Texas! You are so naïve if you don’t think this still goes on with ALL blue chip players to this very day!!!

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