To prove he is not broke, Scottie Pippen is suing every media outlet that reported he was bankrupt for at least $1 million.
TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit documents filed in Illinois. In the documents, Pippen claims, "It is a most foul libel indeed to be falsely accused of being bankrupt."
Apparently to prove that he is not the kind of chap that would go broke, Mr. Pippen has decided to talk like a character in a Shakespearean play.
Pippen went on to say, "I beseech thou to recant thy heinous statements that hath cast me as a character of ill-refute." OK, I made that up, but it seems like an appropriate next statement.
What I am not making up is that TMZ reported the documents went on to say, "Scottie never filed bankruptcy and indeed has a substantial net worth, which has not been less than approximately $40,000,000 in the last 10 years."
The report indicates that the plaintiffs include, but are not limited to, CBSsports.com, CNBC.com and Arizona State University.
It is hard to not to interpret this lawsuit as a man that is desperate for cash—the kind of suit that someone would launch if they were, say, broke?
Pippen is not going to clear up a reputation for being broke by launching an absurd lawsuit. Perhaps Scottie would have been better served in the court of public perception to donate large sums, of his self professed $40,000,000, to charity. At least he could have done that along with the lawsuit.
All this is proving is that Pippen is desperate for money.
Note: Dear Mr. Pippen and legal team, I am not saying Scottie Pippen is broke. I am merely suggesting he is not helping the perception of being broke.