Doink a Clown’s family sues WWE, claiming mind mishap led to painkiller …
June 26, 2015 - WWE
[Editor’s note: This object has been updated to embody criticism from WWE’s attorney.]
Matt Osborne — improved famous as pro-wrestling journeymanvideo-game star Doink a Clown in a mid-1990s — died Jun 28, 2013, during a age of 57 in his Plano home. The Collin County Medical Examiner ruled that an overdose of painkillers was to blame.
In a lawsuit filed in Dallas sovereign justice Friday, his family points to another culprit: pro wrestling. Specifically, Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., a solitary suspect named in a lawsuit filed by Michelle James on interest of Doink a Clown‘s children, Matthew and Teagan Osborne.
The suit, echoing those filed in new years by pro football players pang from mind injuries caused by years’ value of concussions, alleges that wrestling led to “traumatic mind injuries” that resulted in “depression and drug abuse, that eventually resulted in his black death.” The lawsuit says Osborne wasn’t a usually wrestler victimized by wrestling’s scripted violence, where artificial beatings led to genuine injuries. It lists some-more than a dozen others, among them members of a Von Erich family.
“When forced to acknowledge a risks to that it subjects a wrestlers — by script, on a daily basement — WWE took unsound stairs to scold a problem or to residence a damaging conduct, a full consequences of that are still entrance to light,” says a suit. “Indeed, WWE continues a march of control designed to trick a wrestlers, and designed to trick Matthew Osborne until his death, about a injuries they postulated while wrestling for WWE by unwell to divulge impending contribution or charity dubious truths.”
The suit, filed by “doctor-lawyer” Shezad Malik, who reps personal damage suits out of his Greenville Avenue and Southlake offices, doesn’t mention how many a family wants. Messages have been left for Malik. Other out-of-town attorneys are also listed in a lawsuit below.
WWE counsel Jerry McDevitt has pronounced formerly that WWE is “being targeted by attorneys who tell [wrestlers and their families] there’s hundreds of thousands of dollars” to be done filing concussion-related suits. He tells The Dallas Morning News Friday dusk this fit is no opposite — that it’s only another one in a prolonged line of authorised filings directed during “drumming adult people … looking for NFL money.” The out-of-town attorneys behind a Dallas suit, he says, are also concerned in identical ones in California and Connecticut.
“And they don’t have any merit,” he says. “They’re all opposite from a NFL. We never had anyone explain they had these kinds of injuries until [these attorneys] did it. They find a destitute, people who have no money, and told them there’s income to be made. That’s what is going on. … And we feel bad for these families, since they consider they’ll make income off of this, and they’re not.”
When Osborne died dual years ago, WWE released a matter that said, “WWE is saddened by a news that Matt Osborne, aka a strange Doink a Clown, has upheld away. A imperishable soldier in promotions like Mid-South Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling, Osborne done a vital impact in WWE underneath a greasepaint of a prankster named Doink — one of a many fast personas of a early ’90s. Our deepest condolences go out to Osborne’s family, friends and fans.”
The epic filing is below.