Former NFL Player Dimitri Patterson Sues ESPN For $50M Claiming Defamation

April 5, 2018 at 10:31 am by Terez in Dimitri Patterson, NFL

The former New York Jets cornerback is reportedly suing ESPN for $50 million in a defamation lawsuit, claiming he was falsely portrayed as a “violent, impulsive, unstable person” in an article that was posted back in August 2017, according to TMZ Sports. “The article — published on August 15, 2017 — says Patterson injured two police officers while trying to abruptly exit a Miami-Dade courthouse and avoid being arrested. ESPN says it confirmed the info with police — noting, “a female officer suffered neck and back injuries, and a male officer injured his wrist while apprehending Patterson.” But, Patterson says the information is wrong — saying, “The article is false and defamatory in its overall portrayal of DP as a violent, impulsive, unstable person.” Patterson says there is court video footage which backs up his claims. In his suit, which he filed while acting as his own lawyer, Patterson includes a letter from ESPN legal team in which the network defends the accuracy of the article.” – TO