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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 12:44 pm  |  63 responses

Scottie Pippen is Suing the Media


Scottie Pippen is suing every media outlet that has claimed that he is bankrupt; the former Bulls star is looking for $1 million in damages.  From TMZ.com: “Pippen has filed a lawsuit against TONS of online media outlets — including CBSsports.com, CNBC.com, Arizona State University and more — claiming they all falsely reported the former Chicago Bulls star had gone belly up. According to the docs, filed in federal court in Illinois and obtained by TMZ … Pippen claims, “It is a most foul libel indeed to be falsely accused of being bankrupt.”

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  • JR

    I feel like this just proves to us even more that he is bankrupt, no?

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    And seeking a million dollars doesn’t make you sound bankrupt at all…

  • Shecky Shabazz

    Suing them because he needs the money??

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Cosign all 3comments thus far lol

  • http://www.tumblr.com arthurissupreme

    damn shame he couldn’t be a class act like MJ

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    I agree with Scottie on this one, I’d be pissed if media outlets were saying that I was bankrupt. HIM suing for ‘only’ $1 Million is more about being annoyed than the money. If he really needed the cash, then to keep him is his established lifestyle, he’d be asking for a lot more than a million. So I would answer “No”, this doesn’t make him sound as though he’s bankrupt. Quite the opposite actually. Makes him seemed pissed and trying to fight for his reputation/image. These kinds of reports can really hurt various business ventures he would want to go into and could even limit his earning potential in speaking engagements and appearances etc. when they think you are desperate for money.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Apparently Scottie went bust after they unveiled his bust.

  • JR

    What’s crazy is Scottie made $109 million playing basketball. Even crazier, Michael only made $90 million! I know he probably made 20x that in endorsements, but still.

  • http://nasteedunx.blogspot.com Nasteedunx

    Has he sued the Little People yet?

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    And now he has to walk around or ride the bus!

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    He should be suing the media for $1 if he wants to prove he isn’t bankrupt. Or he should sue the media into refusing to publish his stupid ass quotes. Especially the ones regarding LeBron James.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    If he could, he would sue MJ for being a hindrance to his career..

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    He’s so rich, he can’t afford NOT to sue.
    Agghh, who cares. Still one of the greatest ever

  • Red

    Hes a team ambassador for the Bulls, he isn’t broke. Why would you sue for 1 million nbk? What a moron.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    That headline is awesome…It might as well say “Scottie Pippen is Suing Space”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Suing for a lot of money makes people take you seriously.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Just to show you how not broke he is, he’s going to sue you! That will show em!

  • robb

    They said he was poor??? How insulting! go get them Scottie, don’t let them call you a poor man!

  • LA Huey

    I don’t get some of you guys. If you were a public figure and people were out spreading lies about you, wouldn’t you take action?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I would give TMZ a bank statement before I sued the media for being the media.

  • LA Huey

    I doubt TMZ would issue a retraction.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    “It is a most foul libel indeed to be falsely accused of being bankrupt.” lol, did he say that?

  • neaorin

    I guess Scottie is… afraid that Moody’s might downgrade him because of all the news of him being broke? It doesn’t work like that homie.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I’m saying, I’d rather just prove I was innocent through using those who said I wasn’t, rather then spend money to get money to prove I have money.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Prove I was not broke*

  • JD

    To prove how unbankrupt i am, i shall sue them for a very large amount of money! Genius!

  • JD

    but i still dont get how people claiming he is bankrupt has cost them $1 million

  • Red

    I meant why would you sue 1 dollar, I failed but yeah that was a dumb comment

  • Ldub20

    Find it hard to believe SP33 has no money. And like THE NUPE said…a mil really isnt that much money if youve made that times 100 in your career. Broke people wouldnt sue for money that would potentially only last a few months. It would be an amount they could be set for. False accusations.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    I’d just buy TMZ.

  • AD

    what is being a “class act” @arthurissupreme?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I wouldn’t sue Red. That’s the point. If the media got sued for every false report there would be no media

  • charliewinning

    LOL @ the word ‘class’ being in the same sentence as ‘MJ’.

  • charliewinning

    Even though I don’t see why this particular issue is that serious, the media needs to get back to being responsible. Reporting false info means that fact checking wasn’t done. Lawsuits are one of the very few options we have to hold media outlets accountable for irresponsible journalism.

  • Jerome

    Lawyers cost $$$$.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    ‘Most Foul Libel’ or MFL.
    Hmm, i think i’ve found a new team name for the streetball tournament season.

  • JBoogie

    Pippen really is broke though. He lost tons of money in some plane venture that went belly up. I’m pretty sure that is the only reason he is working for the bulls right now.

  • Red

    I mean most Sports figures blow their money, but hey if Pippen wasn’t bankrupt then I understand why he’d sue. He’s no celebrity per se so he probably didn’t handle the backlash well. Idk, but hey 1 million ain’t a lot as someone said.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If someone has “not a lot” to spare, I’ll take a donation. Suing a group for A Million Dollars to prove you aren’t broke is weird, no matter how you spin it.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Get your money man.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If you sue on commission, the lawyer doesn’t get paid unless you get paid. And, even if you pay a retainer, if you win your case, the other side often has to pay your lawyer fes.

  • shutup

    its his legal right to pursue legal action especially if it hurt his business or his reputation. Proving people wrong by using words really doesnt work, sue them and it will prevent this from happening ever again. the dollar amount is just so that way these people take it serious, you sue for a dollar and they would just settle, at least a mil hurts their boottom line.

  • charliewinning

    If so called reputable media outlets decide to put out stories, they need to make sure they can back up their stories with factual information. If they don’t, it’s an individual’s right to sue for libel. It’s really that simple. The dollar amount is irrelevent. The priniciple is what’s important.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    You sue for a dollar and refuse to settle then your nOt suing for money, your suing for principle. Putting $1M on it, knowing if he wins he won’t have to pay a dollar makes it look like he does need money.

  • burnt_chicken

    Scottie’s face should sue his nose. For slander and principle.

  • charliewinning

    So unless he goes about proving his point the way you layed it out, his lawsuit has no merit? I’m not really sure what there is to debate. Either he does some juvenile $1 prank or he’s broke? Sorry, but the idea of suing for an amount that makes major media corporations (and the courts) pay attention seems more adult. Most people would rather their cause be taken seriously. I’m guessing that’s why he came up with a large number.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Just to be clear, the full lawsuit totals $9M ($1M per medial outlet and a total of 9 are sited). His estimated net worth is approximately $40M. Most of the suit came up because CNBC included him in an article about athletes that have gone bankrupt and CBSsports had a similar article about NBA players specifically with his picture. He asked for retractions from the printed version of these articles (which he got), but the on-line versions are still out there. So, he’s (rightfully imo) suing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pawtucket-YMCA-Youth-Basketball-League/278842845500531 Gametimeweezy

    It’s principle… throw it against the wall and see what sticks. They’ll settle for something.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I didn’t say he’s broke. I said he looks broke. His wife went on basketball wives, he played a “tour” in Europe, and he’s suing “the media” for saying he was bankrupt. If it were ME I would sue for $1.00 if I sued at all. Which I would try and avoid doing. I don’t know what he should or shouldn’t do outside of what I would do. I didn’t realize I said “he should” in the first comment until just now. I was wrong in saying what he should do. Just from how I see it if I were him.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @nbk – I’d expect he feels he’s lost significant amounts of money in future investments because the stories have hurt his business reputation and thus is ALSO suing for financial damages. It’s reasonable to think a board or busines manager has turned down investment proposals from him because of the articles, thus depriving him of money.

  • stevea

    It’s like when Trump sues when media says he’s not a billionaire. He’s not. So stop suing.

    And Pippen is likely broke or very close to it. Sad, but true.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I understand that. But this supposedly isn’t because he’s broke, he said he’s worth some inordinate amount of money ($405,000,000?) which could be right idk, it’s just weird to file this lawsuit for a million against so many different media outlets for someone who’s just trying to prove he isn’t bankrupt

  • Waggle

    He can’t be broke. He barely tips!

  • short

    Clearly this isn’t the most business savvy crowd. Reputation means a lot in business. For someone who has earned over $100 million in his career, it would look really bad to be viewed as having gone broke. No one wants to go into business with someone who can’t manage money. Pip is right for suing. Reputations take forever to build and only minutes to destroy. The media needs to get their facts straight before screwing up somebody’s name.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @nbk – I think you read some inaccurate reporting – he’s suing for $9 million and his worth is $40 million. No wonder you’re confused about his motives. I’d be surprised if Shaq is worth $400 million!

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    I’m with Pippen if just to shove it to these blood suckers to stop running BS reports.

  • Lan

    I must live in a cave. i didn’t get the news.

  • http://Barondavisisfat.youaretoo nbk

    Yeah that makes way more sense. I still wouldn’t sue the media. And I understand how business works, just not what I personally believe is the right thing to do.

  • ab40

    man the whole world should sue basketball wifes. And Ray J’s d*** should sue the Kardashians for 10 to 20% of their yearly income. He made em famous. And I’m with pippen any site that takes tmz as a legit source. . . should hang itself. That’s not reporting, that’s called snooping around.

  • BasketballJunkie

    I saw Pippen at Target filling out a application yesterday…..

  • http://www.twitter.com/ianchoe Ian

    Regardless of his financial situation, if this is indeed libel, then he has to sue for a sizable amount in order to deter other parties from thinking that they can take advantage of his advanced position and report inaccurate stories to gain ratings/views or generate ad revenue/etc. If he sues for $1, everyone and anyone can say anything they want about him and throw a single in his direction to keep him quiet. Suing for $1 million has no bearing on his current financial situation, it merely serves to set a precedent and protect his long-term image and rights to privacy and accurate portrayal in the media.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    It’s a much bigger pain in the ass to be sued for something that is insignificant than to be sued for something that you value, like money. If he sues for $1 he is literally punishing those that went against him while proving he isn’t broke, or doesn’t need money. $1M from 50 different media outlets is basically $1.00 anyway. — He could win this suit, get his million dollars and have $41M in bills over the course of this year for all we know. No matter how how you spin it, suing big rich multi-million dollar companies for one million dollars (which is a lot of money for 1 person, even if they are worth $40M) makes it look like you are after money, not proving you have it.

  • short

    ((Sighs)) It’s not just about proving you have money. It’s about that AND making the media research their stories before they run them. Maybe it’s not important to you, but his reputation is important to him. Seriously, how hard is this to understand?

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