How bad are things at the Ridgewood, NJ youth soccer traveling team?
Well, two years ago Caytha Jentis. a resident resident of the village who also happens to be an independent film director, released a film in 2012 called “Bad Parents,” which was based on a play that she also wrote called “It’s All About the Kids” about her as a soccer-mom experiences in Ridgewood. The satire starred Janeane Garofalo and Christopher Titus and, not surprisingly, painted an unflattering portrait of the behind the scenes shenanigans of parents involved in youth sports programs in suburbia.
That’s pretty bad when they make a movie about how bad things are. But wait, that film/play wasn’t the end of it. Oh no. Apparently the coach of this year’s team, Michael Winograd was accused of some anonymous sources of rigging the tryouts for this years team. In turn, his wife, Siobhan Winograd, a former executve at Tiffany’s, has filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan (she doesn’t mess around) that alleges that the complaints made anonymously to the village soccer organization were designed to injure “her family’s reputation and standing with their small community.”
Winograd’s lawsuit suggested that the anonymous statements were made to “stir up public contempt” for her family and also hinder the couple’s livelihoods. For example, one anonymous email was sent to her husband’s employer, saying his coaching style was antagonistic.
The lawsuit, which is probably as funny as any movie that has come out so far in 2014. argues that the message generated “injurious falsehood” and “tortious interference,” and as a result demands injunctive relief plus unspecified damages.
We’ll try to get our hands on a copy of the lawsuit, or you can just wait until the move-version of the trial comes out.