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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."

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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:23 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Avengers biatch.... Do you have facts to back up your mouth? Didn't think so.... The guy has millions of $$$$ and he's worrying about some punk making comments on Yahoo. PLEASE move on Phillip and try to figure out where your game went. Even better Phillip spend the money you are using on this suit for a better cause... lets say Breast Cancer Awareness

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:15 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

After going to Yahoo and reading a sampling of comments from one of the posters being sued, I think Mickelson is doing the right thing.  (If you have not yet done that, google on Mickelson and frogroller, and you'll get a link which has the link to a few of the messages.)

The poster presented rumors as fact, over and over again.  No can do. 

It's kind of odd that Yahoo allowed the posts to be made, but I guess they liked the page views generated by the resultant flame wars.  I've never used Yahoo's sports boards, but my limited time with the investing boards a number of years ago was not enjoyable.  In my estimation, if Yahoo started enforcing a civility standard, they'd lose half their board traffic.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:50 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

you 'hear Phil's a jerk"?
 go to a pga tour event and see how long he will sign autographs for people when he is thru playing.

take a look at his charitalbe causes.

why jump to conclusions based on 'what you hear"?

and to be afraid of 'certain internet groups' because he has the ability to shut them down because they are
a fraud.....

wow dude, really??
 i mean Really????    

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:48 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

its called libel which is defined as saying something untrue in writing (ie on a computer screen) that will cause harm to the other party.
freedom of speech doesnt give you carte blanche to say what you want about anyone you want.
go ahead, talk trash about him if you want but grow a set and use a real name instead of being a coward
and a nobody by hiding behind a nickname.
i smell jealousy reeking all around this topic.

phil made it and you didnt.
that makes you pretty petty in my book  

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:45 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Why are you savages attacking Phil for trying to protect his good name? Because you're just that: savages.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:37 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

>>Are Phils fun bags aka his tits filing there own suit??????

At least they could afford a suit of their own, which is more than could be said for you, Dimples.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:36 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Mickelson is a sissy, a poster cowards behind an alias and Phil is is the sissy. Wow, go get em phil just because a person has freedom speech does give them the right to verbally attack and lie about a person.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:28 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.  You gotta be kidding me. Mickelson is a big sissy!!! 

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:28 pm

free speech? slander? better judgement...

Not sure what to make of this one - seems bad judgement all around. I think the posters are tasteless idiots for what it sounds like they are posting - never seen or read it so I don't care. Free speech may be their right, but maybe they go beyond that. Bad judgement. People love Phil & his story - until they meet him - I hear Phil's a jerk, but that's his right. Bad judgement. It seems to me that Phil's giving them too much attention and delving into an area (subpoena of internet IP address) that may draw the ire of certain internet groups... that is a group I would not want to piss off.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:23 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I bet this is setting him back a penny or two.  Some things just need to be done to these immoral posters who have no backbone....jess sayin

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