Amid the chaos that caused by the amazing hoax $25 million lawsuit against Johnny Manziel, Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles was also recently the victim of a similar situation.
According to USA Today, Bortles faced a similar lawsuit and injunction for a restraining order in federal court last week. The claim allegedly was handwritten and submitted under the name of Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
This seems to be an prevalent thing as well.
“We want to have an open society. We want to have access to the courts to all people,” said Keith Watters, past president of the National Bar Association. “(But) there are tools at their disposal for the quick dismissal of these cases.
“It’s more of an annoyance than a problem.”
The Jaguars quickly became aware of the filing and declined comment.
“In these cases, when there is absolutely no validity, you hope that the court system itself would flush out these clear efforts to grab attention,” Ryan Tollner, Bortles’ agent, told USA TODAY Sports. “Unfortunately with lawsuits, anyone can file them, anyone can say whatever they want. It puts you in a very reactive position. As agents, that’s what we’re here for, to protect our players. We’re sort of a first line of defense.”