The Steroids Era in baseball refers to the recent period in the MLB where many players and trainers have been found guilty or been implicated in the use of performance enhancing drugs which leads to sharp increases in player talent. The stigma associated with PED use, and also any other form of cheating, has proven to be a fast track to shame in the world of Major League Baseball. This article addresses the current state of defamation law in New York and the Federal Courts by analyzing the recent statement made by Skip Bayless concerning use of Performance Enhancing Drugs by Yankees' Shortstop Derek Jeter and the possibility that such statements could create tort liability. The article also considers the possible future paths of defamation law by comparing the level of protection the media enjoys today and the level of protection it may expect in the future.
Richard T. Ward III,
Fair or Foul: When Does Media Accusation of Performance Enhancing Drug Use Become Tortious?,
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