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Freddie Roach Beats Alex Ariza in Court: Case is Dismissed

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

A superior court judge in Los Angeles has dismissed the defamation suit filed by Manny Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza against Freddie Roach, who is Pacquiao's head trainer.

WestSide Today TV reported that judge Dalila Corral Lyons ruled that Roach’s statements were protected speech and indicated “it explicitly says its his (Roach’s) opinion.”

In his suit Ariza alleged that Roach made false statements implying that Ariza gave eight division world champion Pacquiao performance enhancing drugs.
 
Ariza filed the lawsuit in April 2014 and alleged that Roach slandered him in a video interview with reporter Radio Rahim some three months earlier and that the interview was posted on the internet.

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In that interview, Roach was asked about Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, who went 12 rounds with Pacquiao and failed a post fight drug test, and the trainer said “I know he has a new strength and conditioning coach (referring to Ariza) and I don’t get along with the guy.”

He claimed Ariza “used to give (Pacquiao) a drink every day before Manny worked out" and he had asked Ariza “What’s in that drink but he never told me" and added that he, not Ariza, "would be blamed if something went wrong, so in my opinion he’s a little shady. So he’s with that camp now (Rios) and it doesn’t surprise me that happened” in reference to Rios being found to have used a performance enhancer.

Westend TV quoted Roach’s lawyer Arthur Chapman who had argued that the trainer’s comments were nothing more than his "personal opinions to current, newsworthy topics,” praised the judge’s ruling.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 01-21-2016

So basically Freddie snitched on his team and damaged Pacquiao's image. Does anyone know who Manny's S&C coach was for the Mayweather fight? Another guy that Freddie says was "shady," Justin Fortune. Now why would you fire Ariza and the…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 01-21-2016

So basically Freddie snitched on his team and damaged Pacquiao's image. Does anyone know who Manny's S&C coach was for the Mayweather fight? Another guy that Freddie says was "shady," Justin Fortune. Now why would you fire Ariza and the…

Comment by Johnwoo8686 on 01-21-2016

[QUOTE=Lou Cipher;16404086]First Bam Bam then Mayweather both in violation of PED testing. Manny is the only clean fighter that Ariza worked with[/QUOTE] Manny never used USADA when he was with Ariza so we dont know if thats true Plus, the…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 01-21-2016

hahaha Ariza is a scumbag and has burned bridges everywhere he's gone. Every fighter he worked with or head trainer he was affiliated with has all fired him. There is just something about him that rubs people the wrong way…

Comment by jaded on 01-21-2016

[QUOTE=Cinci Champ;16404160]lol no he wont there was no case[/QUOTE] I can see you know a lot about the legal system. There was a case...Ariza filed a lawsuit so right there the case begins. Because it was dismissed by the judge…

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