MJ vs. Bubba the Love Sponge verdict: MJ loses defamation lawsuit to Bubba

January 30th, 2013 by Staff

(WTSP.COM) TAMPA, Florida – A jury has sided with Bubba the Love Sponge Clem in the defamation trial between two Tampa-based radio shock jocks.

Jurors found comments Clem made on-air about his radio rival Todd “MJ” Schnitt and Schnitt’s wife Michelle did not defame them and no financial damages were awarded.

Attorneys for Schnitt told jurors Wednesday that Clem defamed Schnitt “out of sheer hatred.” Clem’s lawyer countered by saying that “context is everything.”

The jury deliberated for about three hours on whether Clem’s on-air statements about Schnitt and his wife, Michelle, were injurious before coming back with a not guilty verdict on all 24 counts.

Schnitt filed the suit, claiming Clem and his Bubba Radio Network defamed the Schnitts and incited Clem’s fans, known as the “Bubba Army,” to harass the family.

Clem testified that the statements outlined in Schnitt’s lawsuit were opinion, hyperbole, satire and directed toward a public figure, and therefore protected by the First Amendment.

The judge had previously dismissed five charges against Clem in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

11 Responses

  1. KELLI

    I am so happy and relieved for you honey!! I hope you have a wonderful nite celebrating your well deserved victory!! I just love you!!!

  2. Stef

    Rock on Bubba!

  3. Jim Meyer

    Yea kick ass Bubba Army Bubba Army Bubba Army

  4. Tim Wilbur

    What a great ending to a very difficult 5 years for Bubba. I couldn’t be happier for him and his team. I can’t wait for the show tomorrow, it should be one of the best shows we’ve heard in a while. Congrats to Bubba and the boys!!! Keep up the good work.

    Bubba Army
    Los Angeles

  5. amy


  6. Nykei

    You should sue Schnitt for pain a suffering. Great job! Hope he leaves town now. How could he show that ass of a face in town again.


  7. Kimmi

    I am very happy with the verdict for Bubba, it was the fair and the right decision, not just for Bubba but for all those who make a living in broadcasting.

    Good job to everyone who was involved!!

    PS: Todd’s in timeout and no TV time tonight!!

  8. Mike

    Congratulations on your not guilty verdict.This helps in believing in our justice system. I hope you and your staff move on and keep me and others laughing and give us theater of the mind.

  9. Lou

    Congrats! Bubba Rules! Midget loses!

  10. gil

    YES!!! good to see the good guys win for once! maybe now Mr. Schnitt will learn money CANNOT buy everything!!

  11. Matt


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