MMA Josh Thomson suing Shamrock for slander

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  1. Atmosphere

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    http://www.punchdrunkgamer.com/interviewsJoshThomson2.html

    Inside the Cage:
    Josh Thomson: After the Mansion {Sept 30, 2007}
    By Dave Carpinello

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    After a night at the fabled Playboy Mansion involving Frank Shamrock commentating, bunnies in the press booth, a star-studded audience and the announcement of Strikeforce’s signing of Renato “Babalu” Sobral. I had a chance to follow up with Josh Thomson and ask him about his fight, Frank Shamrock and the overall experience of fighting at Hugh Hefner’s house.

    PDG: Let’s talk about your victory last night.
    Josh: It was a good fight but it’s nice to get it over with. I just wanted to get a feeling how the fight was going to be at the beginning. I came out with a different game plan for this fight. I wanted to stay to the outside but Adam Lynn punched straight into the clinch. I wanted to see how his strength was going to be but it turned out to be a boring fight until the knockout.

    PDG: So would you say the fight went as you planned?
    Josh: Yes once we got to the clinch I wanted to get the takedown. When I got the takedown he was trying to standup right away and that showed me that he had no interest in being on the ground. So I worked the legs and the body quite a bit. That enabled me to set up the knockout.

    PDG: Before the fight I talked to you and you said that your only concern about facing Adam was that he was used to fighting heavier lightweights. Did he seem to be stronger?
    Josh: It was fine as I am used to grappling in training with Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck who are very strong for their weight. I was still just trying to get a feeling for his strength.

    PDG: Well congratulations on the victory. How was the rest of the event and atmosphere?
    Josh: Laughs….it was good. I didn’t get done with my fight until late and after all the post-fight interviews were done. It was about 12:30am PST when I got to socialize with the guests. By then it was about time to go.

    PDG: Did you get a chance to see any of the other fights on the card?
    Josh: I got to see the Gilbert Melendez fight but I missed the Eugene Jackson one. I thought that Gilbert fought a good smart fight after a long time off. After he knocked off the rust he dominated the fight. He did what he needed to do.

    PDG: Last night during the broadcast on Yahoo sports, Frank Shamrock was commentating. When you entered the ring Frank said that you were “The first openly gay fighter in mixed martial arts”.
    Josh: Yea I know I have been hearing about that. I think that my agent is in the process of hiring a lawyer to file a lawsuit against Frank for slander. We’ll see how that goes.

    PDG: Well the two of you have gone back forth recently with the taunts. What lead to the dislike between the two of you?
    Josh: Really it is the fact that he left our gym and the American Kickboxing Academy fighters didn’t go with Frank. So he got all butt-hurt about the situation. So he started taking credit for all the AKA fighters. Saying we were all trained by him when in fact we were not. Frank likes to think that he trained me and Mike Swick and all the other guys. He never rolled or worked with any of us guys. My trainer Javier brought him in to spar with me, which is no different than Gilbert Melendez coming in to spar with me. He came in and worked with me a couple days a week…….that doesn’t mean he is my coach. He was my training partner. If frank wants to take credit for that then he is barking up the wrong tree. He was never my coach.

    PDG: I have to be unbiased. If memory serves me right didn’t you wear a shirt to the ring in a past fight that was an insult to Frank?
    Josh: Laughs….Yea all of that came about after he left our gym and started making videos on YouTube about Phil “NY Badass” Baroni. I had commented on a couple of forums saying that I would give the advantage to Phil if he fought Frank. I wasn’t talking shit it was just that Phil had fought a higher level of competition recently than Frank had. After that his videos were posted making fun of me and Phil. That is how all of this started. Before that I never had anything against Frank.

    PDG: Alright then let’s get back to the cage. How do you feel about Strikeforce’s new acquisition; Renato “Babalu” Sobral?
    Josh: I think that it is great and that the UFC did us a favor. Strikeforce acquired one of the UFC’s best light heavyweights and he’ll be great for us.

    PDG: Thanks once again for your time Josh and congrats on the victory last night.
    Josh: I just wanted to say thanks for all the support out there and it was a pleasure to fight last night at the Playboy Mansion.​
     
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    libel
     
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  7. Savage5point0

    Savage5point0 Im an asshole.

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    a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
     
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    :dunno: I thought the distinction was that libel was for published shit, regardless of the medium.
     
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    Savage5point0 Im an asshole.

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    Im not Lawyer so wtf do I know, I just looked it up.

    I doubt he could really prove damages from being called openly gay.

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    (wiki)
    If the offending material is published in some fleeting form, as by spoken words or sounds, sign language, gestures and the like, then this is slander. If it is published in more durable form, for example in written words, film, compact disc (CD), DVD, blogging and the like, then it is considered libel.
     
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    Slander? For being called gay? On a card that probably less than 500,000 people saw? 10 dollar settlement.
     
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    because only people who saw it will hear about it?
     
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    acidix Ua mau, ke ea o ka `aina, i ka pono

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    Only they are going to hear about in the capacity other than the slander angle. Nobody is going to break a story on yahoo news about how hes gay.
     
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    it spread in the MMA community already
     
  14. acidix

    acidix Ua mau, ke ea o ka `aina, i ka pono

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    Bleh, maybe its just me, but i don't care.

    What are people saying?
     
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    just questioning it, general discussion. mostly quelled once they learn about their beef and shamrock's level of maturity

    i don't care either, but i don't blame josh for getting mad
     
  16. acidix

    acidix Ua mau, ke ea o ka `aina, i ka pono

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    I wouldnt even get mad, I dont blame him either. I remember when calling people gay was funny or insulting, i also was playing on swings at the time.
     
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    The Militant THE FUTURE

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    I wouldn't wanna have some faggot trying to mount me in an MMA match...

    no homo
     
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    So wait, is he really gay?
     
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    but you'd want a straight man to :naughty: you are kinky.
     
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    acidix Ua mau, ke ea o ka `aina, i ka pono

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    Ignorant and arrogant lol, like a gay dude wants to jump your nuts.

    Just remember at the gym, 20% of the guys there are gay brollis so they're probably staring at your cock in the shower, omg be scared of teh gay dewdz!
     
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