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Press Release – Update in Driveline Baseball et. al v. Pourciau et. al.

 

Updated: June 27th, 2018

First press release: June 21st, 2018

 

In November 2017, a Twitter user (“Chris C”) created fake messages alleging that Driveline distributes performance enhancing drugs. After learning the names of some of the parties involved, new information has come to light and we have amended our ongoing complaint in Washington state court.

Chris Cretin, Brent Pourciau’s former business partner and a named party in the original amended lawsuit, has executed a sworn affidavit stating the following:

  • On June 21, 2018, Brent Pourciau, owner of Top Velocity, contacted Chris to inform him that Brent had used Chris’ name and old email address without Chris’ knowledge to register the “Chris C” Twitter account for his own benefit and post statements about Driveline Baseball and Kyle Boddy–and that Chris would soon be served with a copy of our suit.
  • Prior to contact from Brent and being named in our suit, Chris Cretin had no knowledge of Driveline Baseball or Kyle Boddy and was not involved in the creation or dissemination of the false and defamatory content.

Given these facts, we are amending our complaint and will be dropping Chris Cretin as a named party in the suit.

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.

 

An Updated Timeline of Activity Related to the False Allegations

November 8

Brent, posing as “Chris C,” posts the initial fake tweet. 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 as @TopVelocity immediately responds to the initial “Chris C” account, asking if that claim was real, stoking speculation.

 

November 28

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.

 

December 8

Brent as “Chris C” posts a response to our open letter to Top Velocity about marketing practices, asking how distributing steroids fits into our product line.

 

Brent as @TopVelocity asks someone “is this true”, regarding the fake allegations, linking to the initial tweet.

 

January 16

Brent as @TopVelocity claims “some other program” uses PEDs in a conversation about weighted baseballs and injury rates.

 

This was not a single isolated incident but a deliberate campaign over several months involving creating false images and identities and coordinating messages to give the appearance of credibility to these false allegations.

 

Further Public Comment

We reserve the right to comment through other channels at any time on our ongoing case against Brent Pourciau and Top Velocity. Our only public comments at this time are contained in this official press release.

 

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