Former pitcher Mitch Williams sued MLB Network for breach of contract and wrongful termination and defamation and Gawker Media for defamation after Deadspin published stories reporting on Williams’ behavior at his son’s baseball tournament, reports The Philadelphia Daily News.
Deadspin published two stories on Williams in May, one of them claiming that Williams called a child a lewd name and ordered a boy to hit the opposing pitcher.
The lawsuit says that there is “both written and video evidence contradicting the false and baseless accusations."
Williams apologized on Twitter for his actions in May. The next month, the lawsuit says that Williams, a former analyst for the MLB Network, wanted him to sign an amendment in his contract saying he wouldn’t attend games of his five children. When Williams refused, he was fired, according to the lawsuit.
Williams recorded 192 saves in 11 MLB seasons with six teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies. He might be best known for giving up the game-winning home run to Toronto Blue Jays slugger Joe Carter in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series.
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