CBS Radio’s 105.7 The Fan WJZ-FM Baltimore sports talker Jennifer Royle filed an $800,000 defamation suit against crosstown host Nestor Aparicio, owner of Sports Talker WNST-AM and WNST staffers Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester. The suit, filed 3/10 in Circuit Court for Baltimore City, claims Royle was defamed by statements made on air and online by Aparicio and the other staffers. She’s asking for $500,000 in compensatory damages and $300,000 in punitive damages. The suit specifically names Aparicio, his companies Nasty 1570 Sports and WNST Sports Media, Clark and Forrester.
The suit, reports the Baltimore Business Journal, alleges the three claimed she isn’t qualified for her job, lied on her resume, had personal, sexual and/or inappropriate relationships with multiple pro athletes and “that she looks like a stripper.”
Those statements were false and made with the intention of hurting her professional reputation, according to the suit. It also claims Royle was so upset by those comments she had to seek mental health treatment and take prescription medication to treat what the “severe emotional distress.”
Royle will co-host The Fan’s new “Baltimore Baseball Tonight” and is a former sports reporter for the YES network in New York. She came to Baltimore in 2010 to work for The Fan and MASN. She left MASN 3/23, said the story.
Aparicio, on his blog, said Royle’s suit was baseless: “No one at WNST.net has ever written or said what these allegations suggest. Not even close. We said Jennifer Royle doesn’t know as much about Baltimore sports as we do…The truth is this is a frivolous case filed by a woman who is trying to come to Baltimore and make a name for herself by suing the best sports media company in Baltimore for pointing out what we’ve known since the day she arrived. She’s not a Baltimore sports expert and now she has her feelings hurt and is trying to injure WNST, its partners, employees, agents and fans by trying to take money from my company.”