Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Is the Donald Sterling "apology" (rant) to Magic Johnson legally actionable?

Maybe; the "apology" could be considered slander.  It depends on the truth of Sterling's statements.  Magic Johnson doesn't have AIDS.  He has HIV, so Sterling's statement isn't true.  The issue is whether it will cause Magic financial damage.  I think Magic only comes out looking better and making more money.  Likewise, it will only increase the possibility of him purchasing the Clippers.  Magic is quite the mogul now, owning a significant portion of the LA Dodgers too.  Magic is a "public figure," and this makes it harder for him to sue Sterling because public figures are more open to criticism under the law--the price of fame?  So, in the end, it may be just an unfortunate statement.

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