Browns fans woke up Friday morning to word of what appeared to be a goofball lawsuit filed against Johnny Manziel in Florida District Court. The contents of the lawsuit were immediately denied by Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt.
As things got clearer as the day went on, it turned out that the "goofball lawsuit" was, in fact, a, um, goofball lawsuit.
On "Jay Mohr Sports" yesterday, Samantha Schacher, the supposed plaintiff in the matter, quickly put the kibosh on any notion that the lawsuit was based on reality outside that of a possible parallel universe.
"I finally see this crazy lawsuit", Schacher told Mohr, "and of course I laughed at first because it was hilarious. Then I got upset because I started to read tweets of people that really believed that I filed this lawsuit and that I was just trying gain publicity or make $25 million! That'??s crazy!"
That would seem to be the end of it, except for one thing: the man behind the frivolous hoax of a lawsuit, Johnathan Lee Riches, hasn't paid any price for his attempt to drag Manziel and Schacher's names through the mud.
That may quickly change, however, as Burkhardt tells the USA Today that "We absolutely will protect our client to the fullest extent of the law".
There are challenges to going after Riches in court, however. Namely, the District Court must take the lawsuit seriously enough serve Manziel (very unlikely) despite the fact that Riches never paid the $400 filing fee (making the likelihood sub-microscopic). If Manziel isn't dragged into court, it's unlikely that he would be able to muster a case against Riches.
At this point, the only thing likely to come out of the "lawsuit" are memes created by Photoshoppers who didn't like Manziel in the first place.
Your justice system at work, ladies and gentleman.