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Eddie Johnson's Suing for His Good Name

10/16/2006

Attorney David Fish has been reviewing the documents, and blogs about them this way:

Eddie Johnson, a former University of Illinois and NBA basketball star, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Chicago Tribune and several other media outlets, who claimed he was a child molester. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, Illinois is entitled Edward “Eddie” Johnson v. The Chicago Tribune Company, Clear Channel Communications., Premiere Radio Networks, John Edward "Skip" Bayless II, and Georgia Television Company d/b/a WSB-Television and WSBTV.Com. A copy of the complaint is available here.

The lawsuit alleges that in August 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Johnson had been arrested for sexually assaulting an 8 year old girl and for residential burglary. The report also claimed that Johnson had a record for drug use, robbery, and resisting arrest.

According to the lawsuit, the Chicago Tribune made a big mistake because the person who was arrested for the crime (i.e., the allegedly bad Eddie Johnson) was someone else with the name Eddie Johnson. The superstar Eddie Johnson claims he could not have committed the crime because he was vacationing in Hawaii at the time with his family.

The lawsuit alleges that Skip Bayless was a guest host on “The Jim Rome Show” and further disseminated information about the arrest.

Plenty more, and links to the original complaint, on Fish's blog.