Brian Burke ” Enough is Enough”


Happy Monday!

I had a chance to catch up with Brian Burke, the former General Manager of the Tronto Maple Leafs late last week.

For those who care, Burke sounds like his old self, busy with a ton of charity events, watching a ton of hockey games etc.

We spent quite a bit of time discussing his then about to be filed defamation suit and in listening to him speak about it you can tell he is serious about it. He’s as passionate on the subject as he’s been about anything I’ve ever heard him speak. Officially all he would say for the record is:

“I’ve had enough of untruths about me and other public people being defamed. Enough is enough”

This doesn’t appear to be a personal vendetta, but rather an attempt to hold people accountable for untruths that they are publishing about others. Burke has had his own issues and ways of dealing with members of the media who have criticized him over the years. However I’m thinking those are different to him in that he knows who he is dealing with and more importantly the scribes generally are printing opinion. In the instance of the posts that lead to the lawsuit, people posted what one would assume as fact( which I imagine he can disprove in law) and they did so using fake names in which they can hide.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

I will say this. There have been numerous times where public figures have gone public with their innocence as it relates to accusations made about them. One way for those to prove their innocence is to do what Burke is trying to do. The truth is the ultimate defense in a defamation case. Very few have gone to this length to prove their innocence. That says something to me.

I certainly got the sense that Burke is pulling for the Leafs and that he’s itching to get back to running a club.


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April 29, 2013 2:29 pm

As i asked the other day, are the defendants within their rights to ask for hazel mae’s baby to be dna tested to see if burke is the father?

If so, then they woukdnt really be speading untrurhs, right?

Also, thus goes along with what michael irvin has often said: print the retraction as big as the original story if it turns out to be untrue.

April 29, 2013 2:40 pm

Typical Burke – that’s all I have to say about it.

Steve in Waterloo
Steve in Waterloo
April 30, 2013 10:16 am

Since when did it become illegal, or “defaming” to speculate? I don’t believe any of those accounts stated these circumstances as fact, or to be the truth; only perhaps he was fired because of these circumstances.

What is the difference between what was speculated, or stating that he may have been fired because he would not trade for Luongo when ownership wanted him to.

The difference is one is personal (and likely in bad taste), the other is about work, but in both cases, they are speculation?

Is that illegal now?

April 30, 2013 2:56 pm

Brian Burke is a brand and, as such, he’s entitled to protect his brand. To win a suit like this one generally has to prove he suffered financial loss as a result of these allegations. Well, we know he was fired so he definitely suffered financial loss. Now it’s just about tying those two concepts together in a court.
I think the bigger item at play here is BB clearing his name in another sense. If anyone in the MSM knows precisely what happened at MLSE, then they haven’t reported it. But if this goes to trial everything that went down at MLSE would become part of the public record. This could allow BB to air his side of what happened at MLSE while at the same time possibly circumventing a confidentiality agreement with MLSE. I think that’s ultimately the play here.

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