Court dismisses Jackson's suit over steroid accusation

11/1/2005 - MLB NFL

CHICAGO -- A federal judge has dismissed Bo Jackson's
defamation lawsuit against a California newspaper, which apologized
and retracted part of a story that said the former football and
baseball star used steroids.

Judge James B. Moran ruled Oct. 27 that the federal court in
Chicago did not have jurisdiction in the lawsuit against the
Ontario, Calif.-based Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

Jackson's attorney, Dan Biederman, did not immediately return a
telephone call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Messages left Tuesday evening with the paper and its attorney
were not immediately returned.

Jackson, who lives in suburban Chicago, sued in April after
finding online a March 24 story from the newspaper that quoted
dietary expert Ellen Coleman as saying she knew personally that
"Bo Jackson lost his hip because of anabolic abuse." Coleman
later denied making the statement.

The only player to be named to the NFL's Pro Bowl and appear in
baseball's All-Star game, Jackson injured his hip playing for the
Oakland Raiders in 1991 in a playoff game. He had a hip replacement
the following year and retired in 1994.

Jackson sued the newspaper, four of its employees, MediaNews
Group Inc. and MediaNews Group Interactive, Inc., for unspecified
general and punitive damages.

The paper later apologized.

"Jackson has stated publicly he has never used steroids," the
newspaper said on its Web site April 10. "We retract the quote and
the further statement that the speaker personally witnessed this
damage to his life. We apologize to Mr. Jackson, without