- Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has filed a lawsuit against the website Deadspin.
- The lawsuit specifically targets managing editor Chris Baud and the website’s parent company, G/O Media.
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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s future is still up in the air. After missing almost all of the 2021 Major League Baseball season he is trying to make his way back to the mound after the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to charge him with any crimes.
“After a thorough review of all the available evidence, including the civil restraining order proceedings, witness statements and the physical evidence, the People are unable to prove the relevant charges beyond a reasonable doubt,” read a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
With that legal hurdle out of the way, Bauer is now seeking to clear his name with a defamation lawsuit against the website Deadspin. The lawsuit specifically targets Deadspin managing editor Chris Baud and the website’s parent company, G/O Media.
Today I filed a defamation lawsuit against Deadspin in the Southern District of New York for knowingly publishing false information. You can read the complaint here: https://t.co/lmS43VlZYG
— Trevor Bauer (トレバー・バウアー) (@BauerOutage) March 3, 2022
Back in July of 2021, Deadspin published an article quoting The Athletic which stated that Bauer fractured the skull of his accuser.
Bauer refuted that report and The Athletic and other media outlets issued corrections. Deadspin, however, did not do so until much later.
Trevor Bauer’s defamation lawsuit against Deadspin claims they “deliberately avoided the truth”
According to Trevor Bauer’s lawsuit, his representatives reached out to Deadspin on three different before any correction was ever published.
The lawsuit also claims that Deadspin conducted “a years-long effort to harass Mr. Bauer, impugn his reputation, and spread falsehoods about him.”
It also stated that the Deadspin article “was the culmination of an unrelenting campaign by Deadspin to defame and impugn Mr. Bauer. For years Deadspin repeatedly and maliciously targeted Mr. Bauer, accusing him of harassment and misogynistic behavior.”
The full lawsuit filing can be viewed here.
Reactions from the MLB fan community to Trevor Bauer’s lawsuit announcement went from one extreme to the other.
They didn’t ruin your baseball career. You did that all by yourself.
— Alison Smith (@AlisonS45135183) March 4, 2022
Good for you Mr. Bauer! Trial by media based on false allegations needs to end.
— Scott Marks (@scottmarks45) March 4, 2022
Tough to defame character when the person in question has none
— Shadow Banned HOU Fan (@FondofHOUStuff) March 3, 2022
TB about to do to Deadspin what Hulk Hogan did to Gawker...and I'm here for it 🙌
— Thomas (@TPC_50) March 4, 2022
A lot of this is complaining about unfavorable coverage that was demonstrably true (e.g., you did harass a teenage girl on Twitter; there are receipts). So why should we believe you about the rest of it?
— Ryan Simmons (@XBillups) March 4, 2022
Hold them all accountable.
— Joan Ovalles (@Joan_Ovalles) March 3, 2022
Good for you, Trev. Keep the heat coming
— Matthew SF (@matthewsf27) March 3, 2022
Good hold these people accountable. If you report false garbage, face the consequences
— Layla's Dad (@goalie522) March 3, 2022