Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf, wife Elisha Cuthbert and Leafs teammate Joffrey Lupul have issued the following statement through lawyer Peter Gall:
“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.”
The tweet in question aired during TSN’s TradeCentre coverage on Monday. The network’s PR team tweeted out an apology shortly thereafter, but both Lupul (via Twitter) and Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas have voiced their displeasure about the original tweet going to air.
It’s also worth noting that Gall has some experience with this type of incident. He was the same lawyer that represented former Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke when Burke filed a lawsuit against 18 individuals that posted defamatory comments about him on the Internet.
— Cristina Tenaglia (@cristina_CP24) March 3, 2015