First published: June 21st, 2018
Updated: June 27th, 2018
Last update: October 15, 2018
On November 8, 2017, a Twitter user under the account name Chris C posted an image of a direct message thread with fake text messages alleging that Driveline distributes performance enhancing drugs among other criminal and negligent acts.
Recently we have learned the circumstances of the creation of this direct message thread and fake text message at the heart of the case.
A former athlete who has no ongoing relationship with Driveline Baseball has executed a sworn affidavit stating the following:
- In October 2017, this athlete corresponded with Brent Pourciau, owner of Top Velocity, through an anonymous account with the intention of riling Brent up with “outlandish and obviously false claims.”
- The activities he described in the direct messages did not occur.
- During that conversation, no attempt was made to verify the truthfulness of the information nor the identity of the person making these “obviously false” claims.
Following this conversation, we have evidence that Brent created the “Chris C” twitter persona using an email address of a former business partner to which he had access for the purpose of distributing these false allegations of criminal conduct.
We do not condone this athlete’s actions nor did we direct him in any way. He acted of his own accord.
This sworn affidavit and anticipated testimony makes clear that Brent was, at the very least, indifferent to the validity of information alleging criminal conduct against a perceived competitor and reckless in distributing those claims via an account intended to shield his identity.
Our legal case against Brent Pourciau and Top Velocity continues. We will pursue all options afforded to us by the United States justice system against the false and defamatory claims made against us, and will have no further comment at this time.
- June 21st, 2018: Initial press release issued.
- June 28th, 2018: Chris Cretin affidavit information added, language amended.
- October 15th, 2018: former athlete affidavit information added, language amended.