Doink’s Family Suing WWE
The family of Matt “Doink the Clown” Osborne filed a lawsuit against WWE in federal court on Friday. The suit alleges that “traumatic brain injuries” resulted in “depression and drug abuse, which ultimately resulted in his untimely death.”
Osborne died on June 28, 2013 due to an overdose on painkillers.
WWE lawyer Jerry McDevitt says the lawsuit is a money-grab with people “looking for NFL money.”
“And they don’t have any merit,” McDevitt told The Dallas Morning News. “They’re all different from the NFL. We never had anyone claim they had these kinds of injuries until [these attorneys] did it. They find the destitute, people who have no money, and told them there’s money to be made. That’s what is going on. … And I feel bad for these families, because they think they’ll make money off of this, and they’re not.”
The Dallas Morning News, who broke the story, has more at this link.
Defamation Lawsuit Update
Speaking of lawsuits, there have been updates in Dr. Chris Amann’s defamation lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana, stemming from comments made in a November 2014 podcast, that you can follow at this link. Amann, WWE’s senior ringside physician, is suing Punk and Cabana for more than $1 million in compensatory damages, as well as an undetermined amount of punitive damages. While WWE isn’t directly involved, they completely back the suit.