Rebel Rags defamation suit proceeds

Published 11:02 am Friday, January 18, 2019

The Rebel Rags defamation case will be moving forward. According to reports, on Thursday, Judge John Kelly Luther denied a motion by the NCAA to throw out the case.

Rebel Rags’ owner Terry Warren is accusing three people of falsely giving statements to the NCAA that he had provided recruits with free merchandise. Among the three are the estranged stepfather of former Rebel lineman Laremy Tunsil and current Mississippi State football players Kobe Jones and Leo Lewis.

Luther reportedly ruled that there was enough evidence to support that a jury may find that defamation exists, thus denying the appeal by the NCAA to dismiss the case.

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Courts define defamation as a false testament that may harm another’s reputation or subject him to ridicule or public scorn. To win the suit, Warren will have to prove his reputation, or the reputation of his business, were damaged.