2 Hockey Players And Elisha Cuthbert Want Cash From A TV Station For Airing A Joke Tweet

from the streisand-shoots-and-she-scores! dept

I’m a little surprised to say that we have yet another Streisand Effect story involving NHL hockey players. The previous post had to do with a rookie hockey player who tried to trademark a nickname with some negative connotations to it in order to control how that nickname was being used. This one is a little bit different and, honestly, it sounds like the start to really bad joke: two hockey players and actress Elisha Cuthbert want an apology and cash from a sports station that aired a joke tweet about a love triangle between the three of them during the trade deadline coverage.

That’s the joke tweet. It was part of a rolling tweet embed that sports stations do all the time, instructing viewers to use a particular hashtag and then pulling those tweets and putting them on the air. This particular tweet, concerning the Toronto Mapleleafs’ Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf, and Phaneuf’s wife, who happens to be Elisha Cuthbert, probably would have made it past any automated filters the station, TSN, had set up. After all, there’s no obvious vulgar words or anything like that. So, whether such filters exist or not, the tweet pops up on air.

And the three subjects of the joke are pissed.

“On behalf of our clients Dion Phaneuf, his wife Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul, we have sent a letter to TSN demanding that TSN issue a formal apology and pay a significant amount of damages to each of our clients for broadcasting a false and defamatory tweet during their trade deadline show yesterday. We are sending a similar letter to the author of the tweet, Mr. Anthony Adragna.

It is bad enough that there are people who spend their time using social media to publish such false and malicious stories, but it is made much worse when a reputable media outlet like TSN gives broad circulation and credibility to these false stories by republishing them as TSN did. If TSN and Mr. Adragna do not immediately comply with the demands set out in our letters, we have instructions from our clients to immediately commence a lawsuit against them. Our clients will not be discussing this matter with the media. Any questions should be directed to the undersigned.”

So, a couple of things here. First, it’s questionable how much validity a lawsuit against either party would be. The tweet itself is obviously a joke to anyone who bothers to read the wording of it, which makes a defamation case problematic. TSN has alreay issued an apology to the three of them and they clearly had no intention of defaming anyone at all.

But, finally, and most importantly, what the hell, you three? It was a flash of a joke tweet that was on a Toronto TV station for, like, a couple of seconds. But because you three freaked out about it and got the lawyers involved, there’s been national media attention on the very thing you wanted to erase from our collective consciousness to begin with. Talk about Streisanding your way towards the opposite goal.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

I remember when Americans liked hockey more, in the 90’s you were pretty into it, this is sad times. Both those guys are massively millionaires, especially Phaneuf.

I’ll tell you something, I’ve played up to Midget AAA level at 16 year old and I could have tried and continued to Major Junior level just before the big leagues, but I got tired of the retardation most of these athletes suffer from. It’s just a fact of life. They’re not as dumb as football (canadian football is pretty much like american football, at least its not drastically different like aussie football) players in general but close enough, especially since the head traumas (concussions) are a bit too common.

Beech says:

Re: You call this journalism ?

“The 3 threatened a lawsuit if they didn’t get an apology from the broadcaster. The apology was issued : story over.”

“On behalf of our clients Dion Phaneuf, his wife Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul, we have sent a letter to TSN demanding that TSN issue a formal apology and pay a significant amount of damages to each of our clients”

Reading comprehension much?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: You call this journalism ?

Yeah, it’s not like any of them need more money. Phaneuf has been paid 7 million a year since about 6 years as a Leafs player(overpaid idiot). Lupul has been around since longer so maybe he’s got as much money with his 3.5-4 million a year he must be making.

Greedy bitches.

John Fenderson (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Perhaps so, I don’t know Canadian law on this. But whether the threesome wins in court, they lose anyway because they are bringing the “slander” into the consciousness of a LOT more people than would have been aware otherwise.

The reason the lawsuit is a bad idea isn’t because of whether or not it has legal merit. It’s because just filing the lawsuit turns something that was not news into news and causes the very damage that they are concerned about.

Anonymous Coward says:


…the lady(‘s attorney) doth protest too much. “Smoke and fire” is all I’m sayin’.

Of course, I’d have never been moved to wonder whether Elisha Cuthbert (of whose existence I was previously completely ignorant) is an adultress or at least a “loose woman” were it not for her attorney’s full retard approach to getting a paycheck.

btr1701 (profile) says:

Re: Methinks...

And the threat of a lawsuit is pretty dangerous if Cuthbert really did have an affair with the other player. If the station or the original tweeter call their bluff and say, “So go ahead and sue us”, the players and the actress will open themselves up to discovery and have lawyers picking through their private lives with a microscope. If she really did cheat, not only will all that be made public, it will invalidate their defamation claim, since truthful information cannot be legally defamatory.

Thrudd (profile) says:

full retard

Firstly we should not be making disparaging remarks against the mentally handicapped or those of insufficient wit.

As for shenanigans, the station is fully responsible for what they broadcast. Here in Canada it is the law.

As for the – it’s a joke – no it is not except in certain ratified climes where such derogatory statements are acceptable. Must be the low local oxygen levels right?

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