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Derek Fisher lawyers up, demands retraction

Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:10 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 12:16 am
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

The only thing missing here is a reference to Scott Templeton.

National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher issued a statement on Tuesday night taking direct aim at multiple articles posted on, formally demanding a retraction and acusing the site of defaming him.

Here's the full statement sent out by Jamie Wior, Fisher's publicist, and obtained by Ken Berger of 
"The statements made in recent articles on the Fox Sports website are inexcusable.  Among the many baseless accusations, to allege that I am working with the league for my personal gain is unequivocally false.  The implication that I am doing anything but working in the best interests of the players is disgusting, defamatory and a flat out lie.  I have issued a letter through my attorneys demanding a retraction for the libelous and defamatory stories the site and reporter have continued to publish.

Regardless of the media reports, the Players Association, our staff, Executive Director and Executive Committee are unified and working side by side to serve our players.

There should be no more distractions.  We must continue to negotiate a fair deal for our players."      
The articles that Fisher objects to call out both Fisher and Wior by name. They accuse Fisher of being co-opted by Stern during labor negotiations, assert that there is a rift between Fisher and NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, and suggest that the NBPA confronted Fisher about his stances on the all-important revenue split issue. They also call into question the aptitude of both Fisher and Wior. 

Earlier Tuesday, NBA commissioner David Stern issued a denial that he secretly met with Fisher. Also on Tuesday, Hunter sent a letter to the NBPA saying that he had no beef with Fisher. On Monday, Fisher sent a letter to the NBPA denying a rift with Hunter.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:03 pm

Derek Fisher lawyers up, demands retraction

Why is it that the first thing out of every American's mouth, after learning that someone said this or did that, is "SUE THEM!!!!"

Do you people not realize that you are just fattening the pockets of bloodsucking lawyers?  That you are taking time and money away from real criminal cases?  That you are promoting laziness?  Do you realize how many frivilous lawsuits are wasting your tax dollars?

He called me dumb, let's sue!

She looked at me wrong, I am afraid, let's sue!

Billions of dollars going to lawyers and lazy good for nothings, for no good reason at all.

It's pathetic!

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:20 am

Derek Fisher lawyers up, demands retraction

This is the problem with news reporters - they will do anything for a story and will make it up as they go. Props to Derek Fisher for calling them out and involving his lawyers. I hope he sues the hell out of them and leaves them jobless and broke and homeless on the street. That kind of yellow journalism is unacceptable in today's society. They need to report the truth and nothing more

That being said, hower - this is nothing new for Fox which is always making up a lot of garbage, even though they usually are making it up about the democrates. FOX is worse then the National Enquirer

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:10 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:14 am

Derek Fisher lawyers up, demands retraction

It all sounds to me that the owners are imploying an old trick that always seems to work wonders.  False propaganda.  Starts some silly rumors in the media that could have the tiniest of merit and watch it tear apart the collective.

There are way too many boisterous personalities, some that have money to fall back on and others that live life to their paycheck.  The latter feel the pressure much more, so if a wedge can be thrown in to create a perception of an ununified front, chaos can be the outcome.  Hunter and Fisher seem to be doing all they can to difuse the situation, but goping after the news source that states conjucture and opinion is a hard fought battle that may never get to the real culprits.

These owners have money and some may have employed vicious and uncaring acts to get where they are.  None of us know, but we can all probably agree that it is a tactic, right or wrong.  A very powerful tactic.  It is always harder to face a united front.

Personally, I think it is best to take what you can and build off it for the next round.  The owners don't invest in a team but to try and make money off it.  If they can't make money they can't improve the team and either make more money or provide a winner making the same amount.  

Players, I have one question to ask.  Where else can you make this kind of money doing what some of us do for fun.  There are those out here in the real world, that work a full time job and still get to the courts playing 30+ hours a week of full throttle full court basketball for FREE.  In fact many pay a fee to the Recreation Centers in which they play.  Shouldn't you just be happy you are making an incredible living doing something you would probably be doing in your spare time? 

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:11 am

Derek Fisher lawyers up, demands retraction

everything i say gets a negative response is this a racist and ungodly site?

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:07 am

Derek Fisher lawyers up, demands retraction

whats up with the BBALL the fans are waitin!

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:25 am

Derek Fisher lawyers up, demands retraction

Silly guy. Fisher is merely proving Whitlock's allegations of incompetence. Fox has billions of dollars and hundreds of lawyers. Whitlock's views were quoting sources and using the word 'appears'. You cannot sure someone for stating what something looks like and news organizations have to have 'malice' proven against them to be liable. Sorry Derek, but you are miscast once again. The only people who ever win a lawsuit are the attorneys. In this case that would be Fox's attorneys and yours because both are likely to be paid by you when the smoke clears.

If you let the news people get under your skin walk away and cool off. You only create hits on their pages and more money for them. Fisher is likely to be done playing if this season does not happen. After that he will want to use his millions to retire or coach or something other than broadcasting because he is on the wrong side going against media. I liked Derek Fisher. RIP Mr. Fisher.

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