by David Falk
Dion Earl, the new owner / operator of a Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) team in Puget Sound has sent emails to goalWA.net in regards to an earlier Tacoma Stars article that he would like to have removed from our site. The second email threatens legal action against us.
First we published a press release by The Tacoma Soccer Center announcing they had acquired the rights to the Stars name and logo. Read that here. We followed that the next day with a breaking story about the new “MASL” which included public court documents along with a letter provided to us by a group that had hoped to run the Stars. Read that here.
Today we received this email from Earl:
Here is my response to you that you have been waiting for. Your more than welcome to announce my Teams Lead counsel. Please cease and desist immediately from posting about Lane Smith and him using the name Tacoma Stars on your website please.
I still see the article on your website. I will state this one last time. Please refrain from stating that the Tacoma Soccer Center has purchased the Stars and please take down other related articles or I will be forced to execute action with my legal counsel for my team the Tacoma Stars.Thank you
Dion Earl. Owner/Player Coach of the Tacoma Stars#11
The email was accompanied with a letter supplied to us by Earl himself (see below.) It’s a communication between Earl’s counsel and Lane Smith’s. It’s not directed at goalWA but is none-the-less an interesting read.
These emails to us are just the latest in a series of head-scratching moves by Earl, who has also started banning posters on the Tacoma Stars Facebook Page if they post what he deems to be anything negative.
goalWA.net internally has adopted a policy of not covering further anything to do with the PASL or the new MASL. However, when we are threatened and there is an obvious misunderstanding of freedom of the press, we feel obligated to respond.
What are you talking about? I am free to publish via the press at any time. I am quoting a source and providing PUBLIC documents that anyone can legally access. I am not breaking the law. I suggest you be very careful about how many bridges you burn before you even kick the first ball.
Not trying to burn bridges David. I will ask my attorney about you publishing inflammatory articles about the Tacoma Stars. I can only hope you will promote good press about the team. Enjoy your weekend.