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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."

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/
02/01/43527.htm

Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:38 am
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Don-MLB: You should contact Phil, I hear he's looking for a suckle-buddy.



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:00 am
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Mickleson is the classic american hero and there should not be talk about his personal life or anything of that matter about him and what goes on in his life and his life alone.  The same with Kobe Bryant and looked what happened to him.....his old lady got half his money??? WTF???  What is the world coming to?  He does all the work and she basically lays back and collects, benefits from all of his hard work.  Fellas...you got to get a grip on your own life (dig it) and stop letting these ladies get UNDER YOUR SKIN?  Do not let them under your skin.  DIG IT?  See what happened to Tiger Woods the dude could afford women who were the most beautiful in the world and he ends up messing with some shanty town nappy-headed bimbos out in Vegas and all other places???  WTF???  Dam if this is not a crazy world.  Micheal Jackson - word.  Mike Tyson - word.  Get off Mickelson and leave him alone for he needs to play gold and let him be, please.




Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

- oh my goodness, the guy hosted poker games??!? And bets with a bookie??!! What an awful person!! Plenty of us play poker with friends for money and bet on the side, and illegal or not I don't see anything wrong with it (though I only think its illegal if the house keeps a piece). If we had more money, our games would be "high stakes" too - 10,000 to a guy with $50 mill is like 100 bucks to the rest of us. So chill out with the grand statements and accusations.

As for your claims about his affairs - if you're going to make statements like that you'd better be right. But frankly it's none of your business. I'd lose respect for him if that was true, but he wouldn't be the first pro athlete to do it.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:07 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

LOL - it seems that you can write that type of stuff about any professional athlete, check out Michael Jordan and a thousand others.  Not to mention our corrupt government officials, especially the Kennedys who abuse the people of this country on our own dime!

So what's your point?  My point is that put the facts out and documentation.  Don't just spew retoric as fact and simply back it up with links, docs, facts.  As for my Kennedy comments they are WELL documented - I'll send you the link to Ted Kennedy and his debauchary.  Slime bag - but I digress.  I'm sure that what you're saying "could" be true but put the facts out.

As much as I think Tiger Woods is a total scumbag, I think his former caddy is just as bad.  We all have skeletons and I'm sure you have big ones in your closet.



Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:04 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

you're an idiot.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:49 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I'm not sure what these guys wrote but I can tell you what they didn't write. They didn't write about the illigal high stakes poker games he and Amy used to host in their hotel rooms at various Tour stops for tens of thousands of dollars. I bet they didn't write about how Phil has been busted by his wife more than once for having an affair or that he constantly bets with a bookie (illigal). The reason I know they didn't write about those things is because they're true and if he took them to court it would come out very easily. Just spend some time with a couple of Tour players over some drinks and they'll gladly share.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:40 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I agree and hope that Phill succeeds with this lawsuit.  I think that it is great to communicate this way but when you take it to this level it is way out of control.  Maybe the guy got confused and thought that Phil was Tiger Woods?  Ba-da-dum   Bad pun - I don't want to be part of these lawsuits :)
I see these vicious attacks all the time online with zero evidence and simply being anonymous trashing anyone.  I'm sure it is someone in their basement envious of him, or in other circumstances political.  Time to send a message.

I DON'T agree with the US or any Country trying to censor the Internet, or profit off of it.  Such as this junk SOPA:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/

01/18/sopa-blackout-internet-censor

ship_n_1211905.html



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Phil = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.  Fogroller = $.  Longitude = $.  Money talks.  Money licks butt.  Money always wins.  Always.

Phil's attorneys can make life so miserable for the defamer that he can bankrupt the guy through the courts alone without going to trial.  How days of work will the guy lose to show up to court for depositions?  Also, how many other victims of defamation would be willing to toss a few bucks into the pot to go after these vicious mudslingers?
Because the defamer has posted his/her written materials into a public forum, you can bet that the case for libel going to be very strong for the plaintiff.  Libel may not be a crime, but it is a lawsuit and the burden of proof of a lawsuit is much less rigorous than for a crime.  Prepare to live on bread and water.

The plaintiff won't go to jail, but you can guess reparations will be deep.



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:54 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I hope Phil succeeds, although I wonder about the 'defamer' being a Canadian.  Which country's laws will take precendence?  If it's Canada's, how different are they from the US laws?

In the US, the "defamer" has the burden of proof.  If under Canadian law, Phil has the burden of proof and must show that all these accusations are untrue, he will have an unenviable task.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

That's a good point. Maybe that is why the Whacko started going after his wife, because he wasn't getting enough attention just attacking Phil.


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