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Does this constitute libel?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by tapintoamerica, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Clay Travis ‏@ClayTravis Dec 21
    Clay Travis Retweeted ESPN

    Ray Lewis, double murderer, told Odell Beckham he went too far. Really.

    I'm guessing the answer is no because Travis is (or was) an attorney. He'd have to know what could fly and what couldn't. But in light of the fact that Lewis pleaded to a lesser charge and was never actually convicted -- or even tried -- on murder, isn't such a statement at least risky?
  2. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    Yes. But it's doubtful Lewis would want to go to court to bring all this back into the open again.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2015
  3. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    LOL. You think Lewis will sue?

    His deposition would be fun.
  4. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Would be almost impossible for Lewis to win a libel suit because:

    1. He is a public figure

    2. He would have to prove idiot Clay Travis knowingly stated false information, when village idiot Clay Travis could easily pretend he avoided all the coverage of Lewis' case other than the initial charges, and as far as he knew, Lewis was in fact guilty of double murder

    3. Lewis would have to prove his reputation suffered somehow because of this claim on Twitter, which would also be virtually impossible.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Trump dragging Vince Foster into the political dialogue in 5, 4, 3...
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    As DD notes, it's not libel.

    However, it is Clay Travis getting talked about, which is the entire point. He is the Skip Bayless of the Internet.
  7. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    I mean it could be libel, if Lewis chose to pursue it, which he won't.
  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    I doubt that very much. Lewis being a public figure creates an almost impossibly high bar.
  9. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    It is a high bar. He would have to prove actual malice, which is hard.

    Just saying, it's not a slam dunk that it's not defamation.
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Defamation isn't libel. You're mixing words and charges now.
  11. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    Libel is a type of defamation.
  12. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    I'm bored, this isn't libel, have a good day.
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