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Jonathan Lee Riches reportedly filed Johnny Manziel lawsuit

Jonathan-Lee-RichesAs we all expected, the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Johnny Manziel earlier this month was nothing more than a hoax that someone slipped through the cracks in a Florida courtroom. The suit was filed under the name Samantha Schacher, as in the cohost of the “Dr. Drew on Call” show on HLN. The person believed to be behind the prank is Jonathan Lee Riches.

Apparently Riches is known as a “serial filer” who has pulled similar stunts in the past. Staci Zaretski of AboveTheLaw.com pulled copies of several other “fake” suits Riches filed and said he is well known among the legal community. Schacher also tweeted about Riches on Friday afternoon.

Riches is a convicted felon who spent 10 years in prison for wire fraud. He gained fame by filing a number of ridiculous lawsuits while he was behind bars. In addition to Manziel, he has taken “legal action” against Kim Kardashian, Michael Vick and The Gap. He once vowed to “flood the universe with more lawsuits.”

This guy is obviously a huge nuisance to society, and something has to be done about it. He makes the argument that the people he targets are all public figures, but the line has to be drawn. Wasting time and resources on a screwball like Riches is a shame, even if his latest lawsuit made us wet ourselves.

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Samantha Schacher lawsuit against Johnny Manziel is real, could be frivolous

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A lawsuit that was filed against Johnny Manziel by a woman named Samantha Schacher set the internet on fire Friday morning. While it has been widely assumed that the claims in the suit are untrue, it does appear that the lawsuit is real. By that, we mean it has actually been filed in a Florida court on May 16.

Now, that does not mean that the lawsuit against Manziel is not frivolous. By definition, frivolous means “not having any serious purpose or value.” It’s never wise to assume a victim is lying, though the claims Schacher — or someone else who was using her name — made are absolutely off the charts.

Schacher has a Twitter page. Her profile says she is a contributor and cohost on HLN’s “Dr. Drew on Call” show. One of the claims made against Manziel in the lawsuit was that he called the plaintiff and told her he “wanted a threesome with Dr. Drew.”

Ian Rapoport provided a bit more context:

If Schacher was not the one who filed the lawsuit, it appears someone has used her name as part of his or her hoax. If that’s the case, she will likely take legal action against the person who did file the suit. Since everyone seems to be assuming the accusations are bogus, you could argue that Schacher’s name is being smeared more than Manziel’s if it turns out she had nothing to do with it.

Johnny Manziel lawsuit from ‘Samantha Schacher’ claims he put his penis in a hotdog bun

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeA sexual harassment lawsuit that was supposedly filed against Johnny Manziel recently went viral on Friday morning, and most people are operating under the assumption that it is some sort of elaborate hoax. When you read the insane details, you’ll understand why.

According to the suit, a copy of which was posted on Scribd.com, a woman named Samantha Schacher is seeking a restraining order against Manziel because he has allegedly been harassing her since Valentine’s Day 2013. The plaintiff says Manziel has been calling her “non-stop” and sending her naked selfies. She is supposedly seeking $25 million in punitive damages.

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Former NFL players file lawsuit claiming league illegally used prescription drugs to mask injuries

PainkillersWhile the NFL continues to scramble for ways to quiet all of its former players who claim they are suffering from the long-term effects of head injuries, the league is facing new legal complications. On Tuesday, a lawsuit that has been signed by more than 400 plaintiffs was filed accusing the NFL of illegally using prescription pain killers to mask injuries.

The suit, which was filed by attorney Steven Silverman in San Francisco, alleges that the NFL regularly provided players with prescription medications to allow them to keep playing and dangerously speed up recovery times. Two of the more high-profile plaintiffs are former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon and Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent.

Players claim team doctors misused drugs to the point where broken bones were not reported. Instead, teams would allegedly pump players full of pills and injections to mask the pain and send them back onto the field.

As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted, the players who are involved with the suit will face a number of hurdles before action can be taken. The NFL will argue that the matter should be handled through private arbitration and not in a courtroom. The league will also try to prove that players assumed all health risks involved with their profession.

However, the players who have and are expected to receive settlements from the concussion lawsuits faced the same obstacles, and they have overcome many of them. If players can prove that doctors illegally prescribed painkiller and failed to inform them of possible health risks associated with their injuries and the medications they were taking for them, the NFL could end up with another major problem on its hands.

Oklahoma LB Frank Shannon accused of sexual assault but he denies it

Frank ShannonOklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon missed practice Thursday and did not play in the team’s spring game Saturday for “personal reasons,” and now we know why: he’s been accused of sexual assault.

Shannon, who led the Sooners with 92 tackles as a sophomore last season, is accused of trying to force a woman to have sex with him at his apartment on Jan. 20, The Oklahoman reports. Shannon denies that is the case and believes the woman either intended to set him up or filed the report as revenge for him not sleeping with her.

According to the complaint which was obtained by The Oklahoman, Shannon offered a woman a ride home after a party, but they stopped off at his apartment first. She alleges that inside his bedroom, he came up to her from behind, pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her. She claims he became frustrated when she wouldn’t have sex with him. Shannon supposedly went to the bathroom after asking if the woman was menstruating and she said yes. That’s when she left and met a friend outside, whom she texted to come get her. The friend called police.

Shannon told the police a different story.

Shannon told police that the woman got on top of him, kissed him and removed her clothes. Shannon says he asked if the woman was menstruating and that they argued about it. He says he left to the bathroom after.

Shannon told police that the woman either was setting him up for the rape charge or is getting revenge because she was embarrassed that he wouldn’t have sex with her.

The woman allegedly told her friend over text message that she was raped. The friend allegedly texted back an apology for calling police, saying she only wanted to protect the friend.

Once again, this is another case of whom do you believe? For now, Oklahoma appears to be taking the proper approach by not having Shannon participate in practice or games while the incident is being investigated.

Houston Rockets players accused of taunting server with homophobic slurs

Rockets-logoThe Houston Rockets have been accused of hurling homophobic slurs at a gay food server while he was setting up the buffet in their locker room at the Barclays Center last year. Rasean Tate, 28, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the team earlier this week.

According to the NY Daily News, the lawsuit alleges that several Rockets players taunted Tate while he had his back turned.

“Get this f—-t out of here!” an unnamed player allegedly said. “He’s trying to catch a sneaky peeky!”

Tate’s lawyer Marjorie Masador claimed the insults were “loud and gregarious” and that several players harassed him with their voices overlapping. A Brooklyn Nets representative claims to have witnessed the taunting, at which point he told Tate to leave the locker room so he could finish setting up the buffet.

“I think there’s a bit of irony that this occurred in the same place where a person’s (Jason Collins) sexual identity is accepted and welcomed with openness, while in the same place a visiting team chose to degrade Rasean and set us back,” Masador said.

I don’t really think the Nets signing Collins has any relevance to the lawsuit, but it certainly doesn’t sound good for the Rockets. The team has not commented on the alleged incident, while the Nets reportedly apologized to the catering manager from Tate’s company and had their players attend a class on “tolerance and sensitivity training.” Neither the Nets nor the Barclays center are being sued.

Tate also said he was suspended without pay in January for failing to follow instructions, but he believes the suspension was a result of his sexual harassment suit. Unless there is a lot more to the story than what we have heard, this has settlement written all over it for the Rockets.

Frank Thomas suing Reebok over retro ‘Big Hurt’ sneakers

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Chicago White Sox legend Frank Thomas is suing one of his former endorsement partners. Reebok released a “Big Hurt” retro sneaker last year. According to TMZ, Thomas claims he was never made aware that the sports apparel company was going to use his name for another product.

Thomas says he was signed with Reebok from 1995-1998, when his original “Big Hurt” trademark was used on a variety of Reebok products. However, Reebok reportedly did not seek his permission when resurrecting the trademark in 2013.

Thomas believes the release of the shoe makes it seem like he signed off on the product, when in reality he did not see any of the profits. He is asking a judge to block Reebok from continuing to sell the sneakers and also to pay him damages and any profit the company made from the “Big Hurt” retros.

You can understand why Thomas, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in January, is upset if Reebok never spoke to him. Signing an endorsement deal for three years in the 1990s does not give a company permission to produce new products using your trademark 15 years later.