Pro Golfer Suing Over Wikipedia Entry


Posted February 22, 2007 - By Matthew Bretz

Pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller (right, not Tiger) is suing a Miami-based education consulting firm over allegedly defamatory postings made from one of the firm’s computers to Zoeller’s Wikipedia entry.

Zoeller, whom you may recall caused a stir a ways back over somewhat racist comments about Tiger Woods, cannot legally sue Wikipedia itself, so is instead swinging his + 3 Driver of Litigation at the owner of the computer from which potentially libelous accusations of alcohol, drug, and domestic abuse were added to his Wikipedia page.

In a comical mix-up of sports metaphors, Josef Silny, President of Josef Silny and Associates - the defendant in the case – said of the accusation, “I can’t imagine anybody doing that. This is completely out of left field.”

Wikipedia has long come under fire for the factual accuracy of its entries, which users are able to update, correct, and otherwise edit.

Zoeller’s attorney, Scott D. Sheftall, told the Miami Herald, “'the Zoeller family wants to take a stand to put a stop to this. Otherwise, we're all just victims of the Internet vandals out there. They ought not to be able to act with impunity.”

MiamiHerald.com: Golfer Zoeller sues Miami firm for Wikipedia posting

Pro Golfer Suing Over Wikipedia Entry


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