A defamation case brought last year against Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun was thrown out of court this week. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Defamation Suit Dismissed Against Brewers' Ryan Braun


Ralph Sasson, a former friend of Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun, has had his defamation case against the slugger thrown out of court.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Van Grunsven dismissed the case earlier this week, with prejudice, as a sanction for Sasson’s misconduct in the litigation.

Sasson’s unjustifiable behavior threatens the integrity of the judicial process and therefore warrants the most severe sanction available—dismissal of this case with prejudice. — Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Van Grunsven

Sasson, who was representing himself in the case, apparently pushed Van Grunsven’s patience past its limit after disclosing information from Braun’s agent from a deposition sealed by the judge to an official from the Major League Baseball Players Association.

In a 15-page order, Van Grunsven granted motions by Braun’s attorneys to dismiss the case as a sanction against Sasson—who is not an attorney but says he is enrolled in an online law school.

The order recounts examples of Sasson’s conduct from throughout the case, including referring to other lawyers as “cupcake” and “dude,” and using profanity during his own deposition.

The use of profanity occurred after Sasson sought sanctions against one of the attorneys for the defense for using an expletive in the hallway outside the court room.

“Sasson’s unjustifiable behavior threatens the integrity of the judicial process and therefore warrants the most severe sanction available—dismissal of this case with prejudice,” Van Grunsven wrote.

Sasson had sued Braun last August, claiming he had helped Braun defend claims that he had violated Major League Baseball’s rules against the use of performance enhancing drugs and was later not paid money he was owed for his help and that he was defamed by Braun.

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