Scottie Pippen isn’t too happy that his $10 million defamation lawsuit against several media companies has been rejected by the Supreme Court. It seems that the Pippen suit will come to an end after the latest court ruling.
According to The Inquisitr, the national media outlets falsely reported that the basketball star filed for bankruptcy. Following the aftermath, “they refused to remove or correct the published stories after the truth had been made clear,” the site said. Despite his complaint, the courts hearing the case decided that the former NBA player is a public figure, and any individual classified as a public figure has a higher burden of proof when alleging libel or defamation.
Among the companies named in the suit were NBC Universal Media and CBS Interactive.
In a prior ruling, the lower courts ruled that as a public figure, Pippen could not show the reports were “published with actual malice.” ESPN adds the standard for such actions require that the “information was published knowing it was false or issued with reckless disregard for the truth.”
Attorneys for Pippen had contended the targeted companies “acted with malice because they refused to correct or remove the erroneous reports from websites after being alerted to the error.”
The 48-year-old Pippen played 17 NBA seasons, winning six NBA titles with the Bulls and alongside Michael Jordan. A seven-time All-Star, Pippen was also named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history. Over his career, he averaged 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Pippen is the only player in history to have won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice (1992 and 1996). Pippen also starred on the 1992 Olympic Dream Team, widely considered the best team ever assembled.
Pippen is currently senior advisor in the Bulls front office.