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Boyd v Mirror Newspapers [1980] 2 NSWLR 449 is well worth reading. A case in defamation in which  Boyd, a professional footballer, alleges several imputations:

“(a) that the plaintiff was so fat and slow that he could not properly play in his position as a second row forward in first grade rugby league football;

(b) that the plaintiff was so fat as to appear ridiculous as he came on to the field to play a first grade rugby league match;

(c) that the plaintiff had so allowed his physical condition to degenerate that he was a hopeless second row forward in first grade rugby league.”

It’s great. The whole case is just so undergraduate, the imputations all felt like yo momma jokes.

Basically, apparently its not fair to say it would cast Boyd in a ‘ridiculous light’ to say he’s so fat and slow. Nor is it disparaging to say so. Hmm, that leaves a lot of room to make yo momma jokes.

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3 Comments

  1. Haha, how’re you finding Media Law? It’s great right?

  2. Haha, as you can see I’m enjoying it a lot.

  3. There’s also a case involving the removal of pokie machines which is rather topical, I must say.


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