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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: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:20 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Go Phil !! String his or her ass up. This type of behavior is not the intention of the internet media but as usual there is always someone hiding behind closed doors playing with other peoples lives etc.These people need exposed and rung up to the fullest capability of the law and hopefully if enough people stand up it will begin sending a message to all the other loser perpatrators that just have no positive cause on this earth that attempt to mess with and bring others people down....

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:15 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I don't understand why Mickelson would care at all about anything said in a chatroom or blog.  If the rumors are true, and he is just trying to keep things quiet, there is a bigger storm coming. 
I have been to a couple of tourny's, Phil left a bad taste in my mouth at one........a kid, maybe 8 years old, asked him for an autograph while he was on his way from dropping off his scorecard from the day.  The response he gave the kid "I'm too busy that".  All I could think, was "what an ass".  I have no respect for him as human being.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:13 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I was raised in a world where "Libel" and "Slander" are against the law. And they still are:

Collectively known as defamation, libel and slander are civil wrongs that harm a reputation; decrease respect, regard, or confidence; or induce disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against an individual or entity. The injury to one's good name or reputation is affected through written or spoken words or visual images. The laws governing these torts are identical.

To recover in a libel or slander suit, the plaintiff must show evidence of four elements: that the defendant conveyed a defamatory message; that the material was published, meaning that it was conveyed to someone other than the plaintiff; that the plaintiff could be identified as the person referred to in the defamatory material; and that the plaintiff suffered some injury to his or her reputation as a result of the communication.

Go for it Phil!!!!!

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:02 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I hope Phil wipes this guy out.  I'm tired of cowards hiding behind the internet feeling free to post whatever garbage they want.  Legitimate criticism is one thing, but I think we all know that chats/discussion boards/blogs, etc. are now pretty much just a sewer of bile.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:45 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

 Good for you Phil. It's apparent that this guy has been bashing him for a long time. Celebrities ignore this type of bs for the most part. This guy must be non-stop. I don't think that Phil will actually sue the guy. I think that he just wants to "out" him and his identity, cause a little humiliation and regret to the offender, and move on with his life.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:43 pm
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Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:42 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Although I like Phil, have seen him play (in person) several times but all this shows is that he has a thin skin. who really cares what some internet idiot has to say and how does Phil even know about this unless he goes on-line and seeks this info out?

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:40 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Canuckleheads ...
Found throughout the most populated of Candanavian countries.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:32 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead
Canucklehead! LOFL ... two thumbs wayyyyyyyy up for the Elling funny! Although it does seem to take away from his everything "Tiger" fetish.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:22 pm

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I'm kind of surprised Phil is even bothering with this nonsense...I've heard rumors about Phil also, but who the hell cares? He's great for the game of golf, and obviously a guy who cares about his family. I think most of us know that.

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