2/26/2007

Pro Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller Sues Wikipedia Over Alledgedly Slanderous Entry...


Pro Golfer Zoeller Sues To Identify Author of Wikipedia Entry - Tech News - Playfuls.com - Science & Technology

Pro Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller has decided that a paragraph in his Wikipedia profile (since removed) is so offensive that it is worth suing the popular Web-based encyclopedia for the identity of the original poster. I haven't yet located the exact content of the supposedly salacious paragraph, which was posted in two separate parts late last year, but it definitely didn't include a subjective account of Zoeller's controversial comments about Tiger Woods during the 1997 Masters. In fact, according to Zoeller's updated Wiki-profile, the comments involved allegations of alcohol, drug and domestic abuse.

According to the Associated Press, the following statement comes from paragraph 11 of the lawsuit and includes the alleged remarks: “Later (Mr. Doe) went public with his alcoholism and prescription drug addiction, explaining that at the time he made those statements, he was ‘in the process of polishing off a fifth of Jack (Daniels) after popping a handful of Vicodin pills’.” (source)

I doubt Mr. Zoeller is the first person to take issue with the way in which he is portrayed on Wikipedia, which is open to all users to be edited, which makes the quality of information contained therein to be questionable. The service is particularly popular among college students and internet junkies, but because of the lack of quality assurance, it is not permitted as a cited source on anything, though it has been judged an equally useful and accurate resource as some of the most respected encyclopedias in the world. I am a big Wikipedia fan, and eagerly anticipate the day when people around the world want to post lies about me under my personal Wiki-profile, and don't worry, I won't take anything to seriously. I mean, I can always change anything I don't like. I wonder if anyone ever bothered to tell that to Fuzzy?
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