Brian Burke Sues Anonymous Individuals Who Suggested He Impregnated Hazel Mae
Ever since Brian Burke was fired as General Manager and President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, people have been looking for the smoking gun. The timing of Burke’s firing was extremely strange, and everyone assumed there was more to the story.
Despite the fact that there has been absolutely no substantive evidence, there are unsubstantiated reports around the city that Brian Burke’s personal life played a role in his dismissal. What exactly was going on in Burke’s personal life? No one knows, nor is it our business, but people on Twitter seem to think they had it figured out…
Some people on Twitter have suggested, without any proof whatsoever, that Brian Burke had a connection with Hazel Mae. Mae is a sportscaster who re-joined the Toronto sports scene in 2012 as the host of Sportsnet Connected, and she became pregnant shortly thereafter. Below you will find a glimpse of what some people are saying…
Brian Burke. U gona go on the Maury show with Hazel Mae to hear, “Burkie. You are the father!”
— Giuseppe Minardi (@RealSicilianG) January 29, 2013
so what is this Burke and Hazel Mae story?Anyone else hear about it? #Leafs
— Cory (@cyf8) January 29, 2013
"@nhlupdates2013: Brian Burke fired by Leafs for getting Hazel Mae from Sportsnet pregnant. Straight from Maple Leafs Sports ."Common
— Steven Guiney (@SWG1977) January 27, 2013
— Adam Burnett (@aburnett10) January 25, 2013
I read a story that Brian Burke got fired because he got Sportsnets Hazel Mae pregnant. So there's that.
— Scott Vickers (@ScottyVia) January 24, 2013
— Edward Gofsky (@EdwardGofsky) January 24, 2013
So the latest rumour in Leaf land is that Brian Burke was fired because he's the father of Hazel Mae's kid? #crazyiftrue
— George Wilson (@realgwilson) January 23, 2013
Burke hasn't taken these allegations in stride, and he's now filing a defamation lawsuit against 18 defendants. Burke's legal claim states that certain unidentified individuals made defamatory statements “with the knowledge that they were false or with a reckless disregard for their truth,” according to the Toronto Star. Burke is seeking to put an end to further defamatory statements, as well as damages, interests, and costs.
Here are further details courtesy of the Toronto Star...
Burke’s lawyer, Peter Gall of Heenan Blaikie LLP, said the plaintiff side doesn’t yet know the real identities of the defendants listed on the notice of claim with names such as “Loob” and “Mowerman.” The next step is to seek court orders against the websites that published the comments, compelling them to disclose the real names, he said.
“That’s kind of the point,” Gall told the Star. “A lot of people think that they can with impunity say whatever outrageous things on the Internet and nobody’s ever going to be able to find them or hold them accountable. Brian is going to hold them accountable.
Mr. Gall also stated that Burke is trying to make a point...
It is hard to stop the people who publish lies on the Internet. The postings are made under pseudonyms and it is expensive to take legal action to find the perpetrators. Most people are left with no alternative but to accept what happens and move on,” the release read. Brian has decided that it is time to stop people who post comments on the Internet from thinking they can fabricate wild stories with impunity.
Depending on your perspective, social media is either a wonderful tool, or useless and trivial. On the positive side, Twitter is great for breaking news. On the negative side, Twitter also provides a platform for the faceless slandering of others. So where does this Brian Burke rumour fit in all this? I have no idea and I really don't want to offer an opinion on something I know nothing about.
You can read Burke's lawsuit, courtesy of CBC, HERE.