Ex-Leafs GM Brian Burke sues online commenters

Former Leafs GM Brian Burke filed a lawsuit with B.C. Supreme Court, claiming he was defamed in...

Former Leafs GM Brian Burke filed a lawsuit with B.C. Supreme Court, claiming he was defamed in online comments accusing him of having an extra-marital affair. (Joel Lemay/QMI Agency/Files)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:59 PM ET

TORONTO - Since being let go by the Maple Leafs on the eve of the 2013 season, the reasons for Brian Burke’s dismissal have been the subject of much gossip.

One story in particular that wound its way through social media accounts sparked the former general manager and team president to file a lawsuit with B.C. Supreme Court on Friday. Burke claims he was defamed in online comments accusing him of having an extra-marital affair with sports reporter Hazel Mae of Rogers Sportsnet. The actual names of the 18 defendants are not not known to Burke, but the social media handles that the comments were allegedly made under include Poonerman, Slobberface and Sir Psycho Sexy and are on the court document.

One of the comments entered in the suit suggested Mae was pregnant.




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