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Friday, April 07, 2017

MLBers’ Al Jazeera Suit Could Chill Future Doping Coverage

A D.C. federal judge last week raised eyebrows by allowing defamation claims by two Major League Baseball stars to move forward against Al Jazeera over a 2015 investigative documentary that included claims they had used banned performance-enhancing drugs, sending a warning to reporters covering the underworld of doping to more thoroughly scrutinize sources.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to toss defamation claims by Ryan Zimmerman, who plays for the Washington Nationals, and Ryan Howard, who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, over allegations in the controversial documentary “The Dark Side,” which aired in late December 2015, that they use a banned performance-enhancing steroid known as Delta 2…..

It is clear that Zimmerman and Howard are public figures, meaning that Al Jazeera and Davies are protected from defamation unless there is a showing that they published the alleged defamatory report with a reckless disregard for the truth in their reporting, the standard from the famous U.S. Supreme Court decision in the New York Times v. Sullivan case, according to professor Jane Kirtley, who teaches freedom of the press and mass communications law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

The question for the judge here, she says, is whether a jury could reasonably find Al Jazeera and Davies had done just that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: al jazeera, defemation, legal, peds, ryan howard, ryan zimmerman

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Braves To Sign Ryan Howard

The Braves have agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran slugger Ryan Howard, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (Twitter link). He’ll head to extended Spring Training before taking a minor-league assignment.

Howard, 37, had a quiet offseason after the Phillies declined a club option following the 2016 campaign. But he’s now headed to a division rival after wrapping up a 13-year run in Philly.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 50 comment(s)
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