Yesterday our buddies at CagePotato were the targets of an interesting legal scuffle with the UFC. Basically they made a joke about Dana White betting on Jon Jones and in response the UFC put out a notice full of scary legal terms to demand a retraction. CagePotato wisely acquiesced to Zuffa’s demands, and head honcho Ben Goldstein spoke to USA Today about the situation:
“This is just so silly that I want to print this retraction and get this behind us,” Goldstein said. “I have no (problem) saying on our website, ‘Look, it’s just a joke. We didn’t mean it to be intended this way.’ I’m just not interested in turning this into some sort of beef with UFC. It’s really not that important to me.”
“I have no problem swallowing my ego and apologizing for a joke,” he said. “But if it turns out that they want to set their lawyers on us on a regular basis because of satirical captions we write on our website, then we’ll fight back. We’ll get our own lawyers involved and defend ourselves. … We’re not going to change the way we do business.”
Why Mr Goldstein, that almost sounds like you’re suggesting Dana White has UFC lawyers trawling your site looking for frivolous suing opportunities. Without any evidence, that accusation itself may be a suable offense! If they don’t continue past the ‘first required step in the filing of a lawsuit seeking punitive damages against a party that has maliciously published defamatory statements about another’ over that gambling quote, they might do so over this!*
*Please note that we have no idea what the UFC’s lawyers may or may not do. Everything we’ve said is pure speculation that should not be considered a statement of fact regarding Zuffa’s noble and fine smelling legal team.