TSN- Eric Lindros has launched a $3 million defamation lawsuit against one-time NHL referee Paul Stewart and the Huffington Post, after Stewart wrote a column for the online news website that allegedly made the former Philadelphia Flyers star forward look like a "dickhead."
In documents filed in an Ontario court, Lindros says his reputation has been sullied after Stewart wrote about his poor on-ice relationship with Lindros, which was capped by an incident when Lindros allegedly tore up posters he was asked by Stewart to autograph for a charity.
First of all, YIKES. Eric Lindros redefining the word 'cheeky'. Maybe mix in a salad 88. I know there are a lot of gaps that are supposed to widen with time, but holy Christ, Lindros smile is eroding faster than Bill Cosby's reputation.
Wait, you can sue someone for saying mean things about you on the internet? Sorry guys, the blog is shut down for the foreseeable future. Not enough money in the world to pay off every slanderous thing I have typed over the last 6 months. However, while were here, and Lindros is busy trying to extort money from bigger internet fish, I may as well throw a couple shots in before the buzzer.
Hey Eric, somehow I trust Paul's memory more than yours. Seeing as your career was cut short by about 16 bouts with head trauma and concussions. Is it possible that you just forgot that you actually were a dickhead? You may be a super nice guy now. I doubt it, but it's possible I suppose. However, back in the day you were a grade A asshole. What's the statute of limitations on calling someone a dickhead? Is Lindros that slow mentally that it took him 4 months to realize that this article was insulting him? Nothing worse than the guy that can't even realize he is the butt of the joke. I can picture Lindros reading this article in mid-October when it was published then waking up from a nap on a brisk winter night in Canada saying "hey, wait a minute...".
Let's think about this logically. What is more likely? That a 19 year old Eric Lindros, a kid who forced his way off a professional team in Quebec, got mad and was less than welcoming to a referee, or that the same referee completely made up the story some 20+ years later? Hey, I don't blame him. Lindros had overbearing parents. Overbearing parents that were, without much debate, the very definition of the word 'dickhead'. Just no way to escape inheriting some of their less than stellar personality traits.
Furthermore, is it defamation if it is true? If Eric Lindros really was a dick, isn't it just considered mean? Is being mean worthy of a $3 million dollar lawsuit these days? I know, as a society, we are starting to go pretty soft, but I think at most a couple hundred and a 'sorry' should appease his grievances. How easily Lindros forgets that he made his millions being a bully on the ice, and now he wants to get paid for being a victim of verbal bullying? From an ex-referee no less? If you could sue people for not being nice Eric Lindros would have lost every penny he made in the NHL for his on-ice jargon. I would say he has quite the selective memory, but that would be insinuating that he has any memory left at all. Why don't you sleep on it Eric? See if you still feel the same in the morning. That is if you don't get concussed by your head violently hitting the pillow. Jesus, who would have thought Lindros' skin would be thinner than his neural tissue?
This is very clearly a money grab, and a pretty crappy one at that. There is simply no way that the worst thing someone has done to Eric Lindros in the last decade is implied that he was a jerk. If a harsh criticism is worth a lifetime of financial security then I hope that no one ever reminds him that Scott Stevens damn near killed him. Not enough room on the page to fit all the zeros in that lawsuit. What a bad role model for the children of tomorrow. Next thing you know we are going to have first grade parents suing the family of the kid that called their child a "butt face". Grow up Eric. You got paid far too much to play a kid's game. You probably would have had a much more decorated career if you weren't such a dick and listened to your coach when he told you to keep your head up. If I were Paul Stewart I would march into that court room, say "lookie, how can such a dick be a pussy?", then I would turn and walk my white ass back across 8 mile.
P.S. Or maybe it's just a classic case of PTSD. Never forget.