Defamation actions can be the most emotionally driven court cases, where one party charges another for communicating (either orally or through written means) a false statement of fact that results in reputational harm. These cases can also be some of the toughest for plaintiffs to prevail on after paying their filing fees, and at times extremely lucrative when the evidence plays in the plaintiffs’ favor. Here, we look at what could occur should a high profile sports battle be waged in a court of law, with the focus on an alleged defamatory statement.
Defensive end Myles Garrett ripped quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off of his head and swung it at him near the end of a Thursday Night Football matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. After the game, Garrett admitted to his wrongful action, stating, “I lost my cool and regret it. It’s going to come back to hurt our team.”
But could it also hurt Garrett off the field, in a court of law?