Corey Sax discusses the inappropriate tweet about Maple Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul

AM 980’s Craig Needles and Corey Sax from Diamond & Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers discussed the controversy surrounding TSN’s mistake on NHL trade deadline day by accidentally broadcasting an inappropriate tweet that impacted Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maple Leafs), Dion Phaneuf (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Dion Phaneuf’s wife Elisha Cuthbert.

Craig Needles: When something awful or untrue is broadcasted about you, as someone in the public eye, what options do you have legally?

Corey Sax: Legally, you can always sue TSN and the individual who posted the tweet. However, there are significant issues for the players. The more they make of the issue, the longer it drags out in the media and the more attention it puts on the players.

Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf have gone out and hired a lawyer, written a letter to TSN and the individual who posted the tweet threatening a claim against them, demanded a formal apology and requested damages. TSN issued a public apology on air but there is no indication that they have paid any damages.

Craig Needles: if you’re TSN, what would you recommend?

Corey Sax: TSN had two options: try and prove that the statement is true (if true, there really is no basis for the lawsuit) or come out and apologize right away. TSN came out and apologized right away (indicating that they have no information to prove that the statement is true). With this apology, TSN basically admitted that they’re liable for the incident. I would not have recommended it to them, but I think that they realized they were over their heads and had no defense to what happened.

Looking for more? The rest of the interview, including audio, can be found on Diamond and Diamond’s “Know Your Rights” Blog.

Jeremy Diamond

Jeremy Diamond was called to the Bar in 2008 and practices in the areas of Plaintiff personal injury litigation in Toronto.In addition, Jeremy was called to the State Bar of Florida in 2002. Since then, he has practiced as a personal injury attorney in both Florida and in Ontario.Prior to being called, Jeremy obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University in 1995 with a special interest in psychology. Thereafter, in 2001 he received his Juris Doctoris at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and also attended Osgoode Hall Law School.Jeremy has been working for the firm in different capacities since 1996 and is well versed in all areas of personal injury law. He has significant experience in helping clients with claims for motor vehicle accidents, occupiers liability matters, and representation of insured persons in first party accident benefit claims.

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