Matt Perrault’s a blogger and infrequent AM radio co-host of a sports talk show. He’s known for many a fabrication, half truth, and outlandish quote.
He’s also responsible to taking a Creighton Blue Jay Athletics message board and moving it to a paid subscription model. This act drew my ire, and even more-so when Matt banned my account from the fan site for suggesting that I’d host a new message board for CU fans.
After explaining to Matt that he had already burned through 2 message boards on BigSports590.com, he hinted that they he hadn’t really run those sites, and suggested that I stick with “Todd and Tyler”. That tweet discussion can be found here:
So, I did what I normally do when somebody makes the internet a less appealing place, I built http://mattperrault.com to bring to light all of Matt’s great quotes throughout his tenure in Omaha and elsewhere.
Now, this wasn’t set up as a hate site, and it wasn’t completely finished. All the site did was list one of Matt’s famous quotes every 20 minutes, and a person could rate it, or submit their own suggestion. There was nothing to imply that Matt owned the site, nor did it reference “sportstalkmatt” (his twitter moniker), his radio station, or anything about him. The site wasn’t even indexed by Google.
OK, so a buddy and me put this site together, and ourselves we came up with about 60 quotes, all from Matt’s tweets, Google’s cache of the CU fan site, Google itself, podcast clips, and podcast summaries from his shows. Some were funny, some were sorta witty for someone with know knowledge of “teh internets”, some were classic Perrault, some were his lame predictions, but they are all fact-based and verified. There were about 8 or so “suggested” quotes from visitors in the waning days that we were trying to verify.
OK, so the stage is set, and I wish we had put more time into the site regarding a few things, but it appears my buddy created a Twitter account at (http://twitter.com/mattperrault), and, according to him, started following a bunch of media and people that Matt doesn’t care for, I assume Republicans, and ugly women. He also included a link to http://mattperrault.com from this Twitter account, as I understand it, which no longer appears. I say “as I understand it” because this was late last night, and I don’t see much of this at the twitter account this morning, because it’s private or something. I don’t know, I don’t do a lot of Twittering obviously.
Anyway, I get a call late last night from this buddy that says Matt is screaming like a little girl in her Hello Kitty panties on his blog about the mattperrault.com site. I assume Matt found it from the mock-up twitter account. I think his conniption is a good read, as these quotes were HIS OWN WORDS, but it doesn’t take him more than 30 minutes to go from “Is anybody a lawyer?” (yikes, I’m quoting him again!), to threatening to use the full action of MCGOUGH LAW to bring the perpetrator down.
Here’s where the wheels come off for Matt. I (as SneakyDave) tweet him to check his gmail account, which contains my admission that the mattperrault.com site is mine, it’s purpose, and how he came to find it. I offer him to submit his own quotes, pimp his site(s), but he would have none of it, not wanting to be reminded of his past idiotic sayings and words. I also give him some help about the definition of libel and defamation.
In each email reply, Matt goes more irate, using all CAPS to signify his threats and intentions to get MCGOUGH LAW involved with this case in the morning, and thanks me that I came clean, although he “could have found out who owned the [mattperrault.com] site within 24 hours”. Zoinks, I’m quoting him again. Actually, it would have taken him longer than 24 hours now that I think about it, because there’s only one half-assed way he could have found out who owned the site without a subpoena, but again, if it’s half-assed, it’s Matt.
OK, so after enough of these threats, I agree to shut the site down for his own safety against himself. We all know that KXNO in Des Moines would have to shut down if Matt was in the hospital with a coronary over this.
Then, Matt brags to his Twitter followers (400 of them! [email protected]!) that “Twitter outed the owner of the site. Sadly I know who he is”, which of course, is a complete fabrication. I emailed him that I was the owner of the site. Twitter didn’t have anything to do with it, other than publicize his tirade, which would make for some great quotes, but I digress. Why would he lie about that? I don’t know, it’s Matt!
Anyway, although Matt probably only saw 4 quotes show up on mattperrault.com I’m going through all them, providing sources for the tidbits, and will republish them here later.
Maybe then, Matt can get his legal team from MCGOUGH LAW to sue the responsible party for those quotes, himself.
If you have any good stories or quotes about Matt, make sure they’re factual, and send them to me, or post them here.