But what was really on our minds watching the proceedings via livestream is the reminder that every time you send an email to a coworker or type a message in an intra-office chat room you should imagine that someday your words will be read out loud in open court.
A quick refresher for those not in on the legal Hulkamania: In 2012, Gawker posted an excerpt of a surreptitiously-recorded video of Hogan having sex in 2006 with Heather Clem, the now ex-wife of his friend, a radio jockey who goes by the name, Bubba the Love Sponge.
Gawker’s old platform, Campfire, has 100,000 users.
This week, Hulk Hogan’s multi-million dollar lawsuit against Gawker for posting his sex tape finally went to trial.
The Florida jury trial, with its testimony on penis size and extramarital sex, is almost as NSFW as the video itself, an excerpt of which Gawker posted in 2012—and then took down after being sued.
Among those was a joke about a “really tender leg drop,” which Cook had to explain was a double entrendre for a wrestling move and sex, and another joke by A. Daulerio about Hogan’s penis “wearing a little do-rag.” Cook described the jokes as “workplace humor,” according to Anna Phillips, a Cook had to explain that he and his colleagues had a running joking about the oddness of Andrew Sullivan posting the photo on his blog.Removed from context in a deposition played in a court four years later, the joke fell very flat.