October 1st, 2012 by faye
The defamation lawsuit filed by retired professional NBA player Scottie Pippen has been shot down by a judge, saying that he whole idea is ludicrous.
According to previous reports, 47-year-old Scottie Pippen filed a lawsuit against several media outlets for defamation back in 2011 after they ran stories and articles claiming that the former Chicago Bulls member was broke. To prove that he was not broke, Pippen said that he has never worth less than $40 million at any point in his life in the last ten years.
The lawsuit stated that Scottie Pippen wanted one million dollars from every media outlet that said his finances were going down the drain.
However, a federal judge in Illinois dismissed the case this week, claiming that the remarks about Scottie Pippen’s financial situation do not count as defamation.
Scottie Pippen, who is most remembered for his time with the Chicago Bulls, was known to be instrumental in six NBA titles and their record 1995-1996 season of 72 wins. Pippen, along with Michael Jordan, played an important role in transforming the Chicago Bulls basketball team into a vehicle for popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1990s. Considered one of the best small forwards of all time, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight straight times and the All-NBA First Team three times. Scottie Pippen was a seven-time NBA All-Star and was the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1994. He was also named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the 1996–1997 season, and is one of four players to have his jersey retired by the Chicago Bulls (the others being Jerry Sloan, Bob Love, and Michael Jordan). During his seventeen-year career, he played twelve seasons with the Chicago Bulls, one with the Houston Rockets and four with the Portland Trail Blazers, making the postseason sixteen straight times. Pippen is also the only person to have won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice (1992, 1996). He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on August 13, 2010.
March 22nd, 2012 by faye
Television network CBS is firing back at retired NBA star Scottie Pippen after he filed a lawsuit against the network, after they reported that Pippen went bankrupt. CBS claims that Scottie Pippen cannot sue them because he admitted himself that he is broke.
As previous reports have stated, the former Chicago Bulls player sued CBS, along with NBC, Arizona State University and others last year, claiming they all published articles that unjustly labelled him as a bankrupt ex-jock. The 46-year-old Pippen wanted at least $1 million from CBS and the other media outlets.
CBS and NBC have filed new docs of their own, asking the judge to dismiss the case, claiming they felt comfortable publishing their stories because for years, Scottie Pippen “was the focus of a steady drum beat of press coverage recounting his ongoing and, by his own account, increasingly dire financial circumstances.”
Additionally, the media outlets CBS and NBC claim that the former NBA star was quoted in a 2004 article about athletes with money problems saying, “You can wake up one day, and someone can decide to take everything you have.”
NBC and CBS are adamant to prove that there was no malicious intent in reporting the bankruptcy stories of Scottie Pippen, and therefore they shouldn’t have to pay him a single cent.