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Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:17 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 5:26 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Attention flamers, vicious posters and other reputation-savaging knuckleheads who hide behind the anonymity of chatroom walls while tossing grenades at others:

Phil Mickelson is fighting back.

In a move that could bring unintended light to a very personal issue, Mickelson filed suit in Canada to learn the identity of a person who has been ripping him on the Internet.

According to the Courthouse News Service, Mickelson alleges in the complaint that "the postings suggest that plaintiff has an illegitimate child, that his wife has affairs and other similar vexatious statements that are absolutely untrue and, simply put, vicious.”

Mickelson has long been dogged by wild and absurd rumors, and his wife Amy has even been known to make jokes with friends about them.

But nobody’s kidding around this time.

"I'm all for freedom of speech, but I won't tolerate defamation, and so I've got a great attorney who's on it," he said after the first round of the Phoenix Open on Thurday.

Mickelson sought and was granted by San Diego Superior Court the right to subpoena Yahoo! for information about the identities of two screen names, "Fogroller" and "Longitude," and Yahoo! responded with Fogroller's Internet protocol address, which is registered to a Videotron subscriber, according to the Courthouse News report.  

The news report states that Videotron's attorney said Mickelson needs a court order for the company to provide him with the information. In the filing, Mickelson seeks the court order.

"It is urgent, and in the best interest of justice, to accurately identify the person using the 'Fogroller' pseudonym and posting these offensive and defamatory statements, in order to stop the dissemination of false and wrongful statements about the plaintiff and obtain reparation for the prejudice already suffered," the complaint states, according to Courthouse News.

Reparation, of course, is the legal euphemism that broadly means "blood and money."

Category: Golf

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:37 am

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

You do not know what you are talking about. Malice is not an element of defamation.  All that is required is to show the published statements were false and the publisher knew or should have known they were false.  Mickelson will win this one.  Just watch.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:13 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Public figures have to prove malice, that is the poster knew for sure the damaging, defaming statements were false and stated them anyway.  The burden of proof is so skewed toward the public figure, Mickelson, that a winning case is nearly impossible.  Good luck.  It's sad that losers can't leave public figures alone, but if you're going to be a public figure you simply have to put up with this garbage.  Money and fame have a price, and this is one of them.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:06 am

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Elling - PHYSICIAN heal thyself !!!
you are the biggest flamer, vicious poster, and reputation-savaging knucklehea
d on cbssports blog. Report golf and stick to your observations. You need to check you lack of self -esteem at the door and let your personal problems stay there.       

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:41 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

If Phil wins this battle then we need to hold politicians accountable for all their lies. Blood & Money.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:19 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

psyhie, sure it isn't Tiger?  Or Steve Williams?

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:09 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I think the idea that people be held responsible for what they put on the Internet is GREAT.  It would cut the amount of posts on this site at least in half, but it's a long-overdue need.  Some people are just out of control, and are contributing to others' hardships unfairly.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:48 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I think it is Duffy Waldorf.  

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:48 am

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Why does a famous, perennial top 10 world class golfer and multimillionaire care about internet rumors? These could all be creativley labeled as opinions by the defendant. Opinions illegal now? I wonder if he is pusuing this in a Canadian court because it wouldn't stand up in a US court. I think Mickelsons image will take more of a hit for letting his pusuit of this nonsense case out of the bag than just completely ignoring what are clearly jealous rumor mongering. Makes him look petty and small. Maybe he is. 

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:06 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead


Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:46 am

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Tomberger: You have proof of Phil's affairs? It's not that I doubt it, I've always assumed 90% of the players are parking their submarines in any available garage. But without evidence, I don't see why he would avoid addressing the accusations of infidelity in a lawsuit. And I doubt that fellow Tour players in the know would come forward in support of these two guys.

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