Social Media Slander or Defamation - Do you have a …

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Social Media Slander or Defamation – Do you have a case

As private entities, the NBA and its teams can punish employees for almost any behavior, either at work or not. This would include their social media activities. From a legal standpoint, there is no difference in this respect between an NBA player and a GM factory worker, unless their contracts place limitations on employer discipline: the relative fame of the former does not make a difference.

Social Media Slander or Defamation - Do you have a case?

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The media argue against prior judicial restraint of their publications, but are not always successful. It is almost impossible to stop a defamatory publication in advance. It is difficult to prove in advance what someone is going to say, and the law prefers to permit free expression and mete out consequences later. Anticipated invasion of privacy, breaches of confidence or breaches of contract have occasionally been restrained.

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The defamation angle is also noteworthy given the back and forth between the NCAA and student-athletes in reinstatement cases surrounding the release of information. The cases involving Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Muhammad, and the two suspended Indiana players all contain the common thread of the athletes, their families, lawyers, and/or institution being unhappy with the NCAA’s announcement. If McNair ultimately succeeds with his defamation claim, similar releases may become a new avenue for athletes and coaches to attack NCAA decisions.

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While most courts now instruct jurors not to access outside information about the cases they are hearing, it is difficult to police, and there are an increasing number of civil and criminal cases in which juror misconduct involving the Internet and social media has become an issue. (For more on this subject, check out Robinson’s article, ). I did not follow the NFL cases and negotiations closely, but since there was no trial, social media could not have had the impact described above. Whether social media added to the pressure for the league and the players’ union to settle their differences is a different matter.

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NCAI is pleased that tribal advocates have succeeded in eliminating over two-thirds of derogatory Indian sports mascots and logos over the past 50 years. Today, there are fewer than 1,000 of these mascots left. In 2005, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the governing body of college athletics, formally condemned the use of disparaging mascots and banned the use of Indian names, logos, and mascots during its championship tournaments.