What's a Friday without something bizarre?
A "lawsuit" (we use the term lightly) has been filed against former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel seeking $25 million in damages for sexual harassment.
The charges? Well, they're ridiculous and something that can't really be printed here becaue of the graphic mental images it produces. Click here to take a look at the suit, which says the allegations started on Valentine's Day 2013. (Click the link at your own risk.) We'll go through why it looks completely bogus.
First, it was filed in a U.S. District Court in central Florida on May 16. However, the address on the filing is listed in Georgia. More specifically, the address is listed as CNN's headquarters.
It's filed in the name of Samantha Schacher, the host of "Dr. Drew on Call" on CNN. (Dr. Drew is actually mentioned in the second paragraph of the lawsuit.) Plus, it's filled with many misspellings, including variations of "Skype" and a total butchering of Jadeveon Clowney's first name, "Jurdereon."
While there's obvious, uh, attention to detail in some of the descriptions, there isn't any when it comes to grammar throughout the filing. It's not the work of someone who is a member of the media.
Schacher told TMZ Friday that the lawsuit was a hoax and "It's a shame you're taking advantage of the legal system. You're playing with people's reputations and careers and it's hurtful."
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Schacher's name is an alias and the court clerk termed the person who filed the lawsuit as a "frequent filer."
A few things to know on this Manziel lawsuit: Per Court clerk, the filer is a “frequent filer” & Samantha Schacher is an alias. (1/2)
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2014
Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, dismissed the lawsuit as 1 million percent fake.
This joke "lawsuit" is obviously 1000000% fake and/ or frivolous. Embarrassing I even have say this after reading the nonsense.
— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt) May 23, 2014
Burkhardt also told USA Today that "It's insanity. You can read the thing for yourself."
"What some people will do for publicity is just embarrassing," Burkhardt said. "That's all I've got to say."
Outside of some of the graphic allegations inside the lawsuit, it's incredibly hard to believe the alleged NCAA violations in the filing as well. The scenarios themselves don't pass the smell test.
Should it even have been allowed to be filed in the first place? Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, a lawyer, said the lawsuit is a "hoax so obvious that the clerk of the court should have refused to dignify it with a date stamp or with an assignment of the case to both a judge and a magistrate."
Remember, Florida is in SEC country, too. The use of both Manziel and Clowney could be the lawsuit version of Harvey Updyke's acts against Auburn.
Yes, this is a perfect example of being cautious about what you read without any substantiation. It may be good for a chuckle, but nothing more, and leaves the filer open to a counter-suit for defamation.
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