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TNA taking legal action against Scott Steiner



source: nashvillecitypaper.com

A Twitter feud between pro wrestlers Scott Steiner and Hulk Hogan has spilled over into a Davidson County courtroom.

Nashville-based Total Nonstop Action Entertainment, who Hogan works for, filed a verified complaint Monday in Chancery Court asking for an injunction to stop Steiner’s “disparaging remarks.” Steiner made headlines on wrestling blogs and websites in April when he launched a social media campaign to “save” TNA.

In a series of tweets, Steiner bashed TNA, Hogan, and TNA wrestling booker Eric Bischoff. In additional to critical, sometimes profane, comments on Twitter, Steiner called TNA “bush league” and compared them to the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling organization.

TNA is claiming that Steiner’s comments violate a contract he signed with them in December 2010. The contract specifically stipulates that Steiner is forbidden from making public statements, including tweeting, concerning TNA or any of its officers, wrestlers, or other individuals without prior approval. TNA claims those acts constitute a breach of contract.

“In blatant disregard of the parties’ Agreement, Steiner has engaged in a concerted effort to disparage TNA, its wrestlers, and other talent and cast them in a negative light,” the lawsuit stated.

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11 Responses

  1. AJ Starr says:

    Sorry, but no judge is going to entertain the idea of someone being forbidden to use their right of free speech because it’s in a contract. That in itself is illegal.

  2. Steveoreno says:

    ACtually it would be upheld easily if he was still under contract. It is completely legal to put in such clauses. The isssue here, however, is he is no longer under contract. They terminated his copntract as far as I can tell. If that is the case there is no way they have a case to stand on.

  3. -J- says:

    Is the lawyer for tna by any chance named Mr. Joseph Park, Esq.?

  4. Fisha695 says:

    @AJ Star, like Steveoreno said it is completely legal to have those kind of clauses in contracts. Matter of fact you’ll find that most Message Boards have similar clauses that limit “Free Speech”.

    As for if he is under contract or not…. Last week he wasn’t, but according to this he is… Ya gotta remember when it comes to any sort of inside info (meaning things that aren’t out in press releases) you pretty much gotta take what the Dirtsheets say with a grain of salt.

  5. loo s says:

    Lmao…j u are the man…

  6. AJ Square says:

    I still live in my parents basement and work at Wal Mart

  7. MoneyInTheBank187 says:

    It depends on if he made comments while he was still under contract.

  8. N. Gaijin says:

    As lame as it is, what Scott Steiner has been doing could very well be illegal. If he’s still under contract, it is most definitely a violation and he’s subject to any action stipulated for breaching his contract. Furthermore, he could have very well also signed an NDA when he signed his contract, so even if he is no longer under contract, he could be bound to the terms of said agreement if it is still in effect.

  9. AJ Starr says:

    Steiner was released from his contract earlier this year. He started the Twitter rants AFTER his release. He has no contract, therefore, he can say and do what ever he wants in regards to TNA as long as it’s legal in the justice system.

    By the way, Square…. been asking you for a few weeks now to grow a set and use your regular posting name. I can say the maturity and intelligence involved in you doing that, is far beyond your reach. Thank you once again, for making me look like the better man.

  10. AJ Square says:

    Brb folding clothes at Wal Mart while posting on how to book a wrestling show better than Vince McMahon

  11. AJ Starr says:

    Still waiting for you to grow a set and announce who you really are, Square.

    You need to realize, you amuse me, and not in a good way. You’re embarrassing yourself, and making ANYONE who disagrees with me look bad in comparison simply because YOU are too much of a coward to post under your own name and defend your opinions.

    All you’ve done is help me, and it’s quite sad you don’t get that yet.

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