Update on Status of Legal Action Against Brent Pourciau, et. al.
Boddy, Driveline Baseball Enterprises LLC v. Pourciau, Top Velocity LLC, Cretin, et. al.
First published: June 21st, 2018
(Note: new information about this case is available at the links above.)
On November 8, 2017, an anonymous account named “Chris C” posted an image of a supposed conversation of a former athlete claiming that Driveline Baseball facilitates rampant usage of performance-enhancing steroids inside its facility.
Those claims are utterly false.
In response to those allegations, we have had to defend our reputation both privately and publicly many times.
Search for the Identity of “Chris C”
Because of the severity and the falseness of the allegations, Driveline Baseball initiated a defamation lawsuit against our then-anonymous attacker around the time of the incident.
We have now determined through subpoenas issued to Twitter and internet service providers that this fake account was created on November 8th, 2017 at 11:29pm, Central Time in Covington, Louisiana.
The email used to create this fake account was [email protected]
That website is hosted on the same Internet Protocol (IP) address as at least 5 other sites owned and/or operated by Brent, including topvelocity.net, topvelocity.club, pitchingvelocity.net, and guerillabaseball.com.
According to a subpoena of the internet service provider where the account was originated and posted, Brent and/or Chris created the fake account and posted the false allegations on November 8th from the home address of Brent.
It is clear that Brent and/or Chris, and possibly others, created and posted fake allegations of steroid use and distribution at Driveline Baseball with an intent to cause reputational and financial damage.
Brent further used his own platform to amplify that message, which we will document below.
A Timeline of Activity Related to the False Allegations
Brent/Chris, posing as “Chris C,” posts the initial fake tweet in a widely read discussion about weighted ball usage. This tweet falsely alleges, among other things:
- Kyle Boddy instructed an 18-year-old baseball player to use steroids as a last resort to throwing 75mph.
- A Driveline-employed strength coach was distributing steroids at the facility with the blessing of ownership.
- 45% of college athletes training at Driveline use steroids.
Brent, through his @TopVelocity account, immediately responds to the initial “Chris C” account, asking if that claim was real, stoking speculation.
Brent as @TopVelocity links the initial “Chris C” allegation to foment rumors of PED usage at Driveline in an attempt to win an argument online about weighted ball usage.
Brent as @TopVelocity asks someone “Well sense [sic] you are so informed about DL [Driveline]. Is this true?”, regarding the fake allegations, linking to the initial tweet.
Brent as @TopVelocity claims “some other program” uses PEDs in a conversation about weighted baseballs and injury rates.
As you can see, this was not a single isolated incident but a deliberate campaign over several months, creating false images and identities and coordinating messages to give the appearance of credibility to these false allegations, all while attempting to conceal the true source’s identity.
Attempting Private Resolution Prior to Knowing the Source of the Allegations
Prior to knowing the source of this coordinated defamation, on November 29th, Mike Rathwell, Driveline’s CEO, reached out to Brent privately to provide evidence that the steroid allegations were false and the images Brent had referenced that month were fake.
Brent’s response, dated the same day, was, among other things: “This new rumor of PED use is just the icing on the cake and I have no idea if it is true and I don’t care….Its [sic] obvious you are reaching out to me because you, not me, have hurt your bottom line. Karma is a bitch….” (link: full email text)
From what we know now, it is clear that, at that time, Brent did know that it was fake.
Records from his own Internet Service Provider clearly show Brent himself had known of or participated in fabricating it in his own house and was actively engaged in spreading the lie online. Believing himself to be effective at damaging our reputation and hurting our business, he continued spreading these rumors for the next 2 months, believing there was no way to track his activity.
Given the information we have at this time, Brent Pourciau, Chris Cretin and Top Velocity have been named as parties in our ongoing defamation lawsuit.
While we as baseball coaches and players do not always have to agree, using lies as a marketing tactic to elevate one’s program does not help progress the game or improve the careers of baseball players present and future.
As we have stated many times before, Driveline Baseball is committed to doing the work required to continue to develop the best training programs and products for the baseball community. We will not be distracted from that mission despite sustained disinformation campaigns about our work.
We will continue to pursue the options afforded to us by the United States legal system and will have no further comments or updates at this time. We direct all inquiries or requests for further comments to our outside litigation counsel, Tyler Peterson at [email protected]