Trevor Bauer sues Molly Knight, The Athletic for defamation

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is suing The Athletic and former writer Molly Knight for defamation.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer Announcement on Twitter on Tuesday that he filed a lawsuit against sports publisher, The Athletic, and former writer Molly Knight for “knowingly publishing false information.” Also attached to the tweet was a link to the lawsuit.

This is the second lawsuit Bauer has filed against a publication, with the first being Deadspin.

Back in February, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office would not charge Bauer with sexual assault allegations brought in 2021.

Trevor Bauer files allegation against The Athletic, Molly Knight

Bauer’s lawsuit claims that The Athletic and Knight “smeared Mr. Bauer by creating and spreading the false story that Mr. Bauer broke the Complainant’s skull” in an article published in June last year. The pitcher’s legal team said in the lawsuit that the article omitted a CT scan that ruled out a skull fracture.

“The defendants acted with genuine malice because they knowingly ignored the facts — which is evident in The Athletic’s medical records — and because Defendants’ defamatory statements were part of a campaign to harass Mr. Bauer, as evidenced by, among other actions, their prior and subsequent false and misleading statements about his conduct and character, his efforts them to prevent the Major League Baseball teams from signing him, and their harsh complaints about the Los Angeles Dodgers’ decision to add him to their team. ”

Bauer has been placed on the MLB’s administrative leave list since last July, and it was recently extended until April 16, when he faces potential discipline from the league.

He’s featured in 17 games in 2021, recording an 8-5 record, 2.59 ERA and 137 strikes in 107.2 innings. Trevor Bauer sues Molly Knight, The Athletic for defamation

John Verrall

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