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Saturday, May 12, 2007

J.P. Riccardi, Lying, and Lawsuits

I had a reader email today about a recent event that I'm sure has stimulated the minds of many baseball fans and Fantasy Baseball owners. J.P. Riccardi admitted a couple of days ago to lying about an injury to B.J. Ryan. During Spring Training he said that it was Ryan's back that was bothering him, while it reality is was actually a shoulder injury that he has since had to get Tommy John surgery on. The reader's email regarding this situation is below:

"Derek, I had a silly thought over the weekend, but figured I would bounce it off of you.

J.P. Riccardi, the Toronto G.M. admitted to lying about B.J Ryan's health this summer - who is now out for the year.

Today, Fantasy Baseball is a multi-million dollar industry (if not more). Being that B.J. Ryan was a top tier closer last year, many people who invested a lot of money into their leagues picked him, believing him to be healthy, only yo find out a month into the season that the GM lied - and now they are left to pick up the pieces of their teams closer situation.

What do you think of the idea of some type of lawsuit against Riccardi? Even if its not for a ton of money, but a statement type of lawsuit - that you cant go around lying about these things - b/c people lose money over it?

What do you think?"

I won't give my opinion yet, because I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks. If you have an opinion on this matter or any insight to provide, please post it in the comments section. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

I don't think "real baseball" owes us fantasy baseball participants anything. That said, it's pretty low to blatantly lie about something to the public that bad.

Anonymous said...

If JP wanted to keep info from the Yanks and Sox, good for him. It happens all the time in hockey and other sports. Great statement on our society.