by Angela Davis|@ladyadavis|@jerseygirlsport
It's not a good week for Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders
. His defamation case was thrown out on appeal
on Tuesday when a Fifth Court panel reversed the decision and remanded the case back to trial saying that, "Deoin Sanders failed to establish conclusively his ex-wife's negligence or malice regarding the truthfulness of her statements."
In a defamation suit, Deoin Sanders had alleged that, after their divorce in 2013, Pilar Sanders had made statements on social media, in an online video and on a national television news program that he had physically abused her and their children and had attempted to murder her, according to the Fifth Court's opinion. As noted in the opinion, Deoin Sanders had alleged that the statements damaged his reputation and caused him economic damages.
The trial court had awarded the former NFL star and sports broadcaster $2.2 million in damages and ruled that he could offset the $1 million that the divorce decree required him to pay his ex-wife against the defamation damages award.
Basically, Deion Sanders failed to provide substantial proof of malice.
Craig A. Jackson, Pilar Sanders' appellate attorney, said his client argued on appeal that Deoin Sanders is a public figure. If a plaintiff in a defamation suit is a public figure, he must prove actual malice, showing that the defendant made the statement in question with knowledge that the statement was false or with reckless disregard of its truth. But the court did not have to address that issue, said Jackson, a partner in Brewer Jackson & Lang in Grapevine.
"They basically said there was no evidence of negligence or malice," he said.
Who knew this case was still going on? There is no love lost between Deion and his ex-wife Pilar
, who went on a social media rant
about her now ex-husband during their very public divorce.
I hope, for the sake of the children, that they are able to settle this issue and get back to the business of their own lives.
What do you think?