February 15, 2008

OK, I hate the Patriots and think they're cheating scum ...

... but this is just going a bit too far:

A class action lawsuit filed in federal court here Friday claims that the New England Patriots "fraudulent videotaping" of the St. Louis Rams' walk-through prior to Super Bowl XXXVI 2002 Super Bowl should cost the team damages in excess of $100 million.

The suit targets the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick. The suit says: "The basis of this action is that the Defendants illegally videotaped the St. Louis Rams ("Rams") "walk through" prior to the 2002 Super Bowl for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage in the game." It claims the Patriots were engaged in fraud, racketeering, breach of contract, and were in violation of Louisiana's unfair trade practices and consumer protection act.

The suit is filed on behalf of Willie Gary, identified as a Rams employee and football player (he played seven games for the team in the 2001 season), an owner of a St. Louis seat license and two ticket purchasers and attendees of the Super Bowl. It seeks restitution for three classes: Rams players, coaches, staff and employees of the team that met New England in the Super Bowl in 2002, all 72,922 fans who attended the game, and owners of St. Louis Rams seat licenses for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

Hey -- what about Delaware's greatest Rams fan?

Oh, er, um, that's right, never mind -- this lawsuit is nuts. (And who the hell is Willie Gary? Even I don't remember the guy.) Until there's solid evidence of the Pats gaining an advantage via their still-supposed taping of the Rams' pre-Super Bowl walkthrough, this just gets the usual "frivolous" label.

Posted by Hube at February 15, 2008 06:44 PM | TrackBack

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