Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer suing Deadspin for defamation

Jun 18, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer reacts in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer reacts in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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This past summer, one of the biggest stories in the baseball world was involving Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer.

Bauer, who had signed for a record average-annual value (AAV) contract with the Dodgers last offseason, was placed on administrative leave for the second half of the 2021 season due to sexual assault allegations filed against him on June 30.

Last month, though, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced that he will not face criminal charges for the accusations.

But in July 2021, there was an erroneous piece of information that was corrected swiftly by most media outlets. Deadspin was slower to correct than others, which provides the genesis of a lawsuit.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is suing Deadspin for defamation

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is suing Deadspin for defamation, as he claims that Deaspin’s managing editor, Chris Baud, wrote an article “with the purpose of humiliating (Bauer) and ruining his baseball career.”

Originally, it was reported that Bauer fractured the skull of the person accusing him. This was reported by The Athletic and relayed by numerous other outlets, including Deadspin.

However, The Athletic and other outlets later updated their articles saying that the accuser was initially diagnosed with a “basilar skull fracture,” later CT scans indicated that it was not the case.

Before Baud’s posts were published, The Athletic and others had already corrected their articles. Deadspin eventually corrected theirs as well but Bauer claims that the changes to the article were “wholly inadequate.”

Bauer also claims, in his 25-page lawsuit that you can read in its entirety here, that Deadspin has had an “unrelenting” and “years-long campaign to discredit, insult, and defame” Bauer. Bauer also cites that Deadspin, in recent years, has accused him of “harassment and misogynistic behavior, and called him an “online bully,” “a**hole,” a “racist, sexist, jacka**,” and a “douche canoe.”

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Bauer is seeking “in excess of $75,000” in compensatory and punitive damages.