A Lansing sports radio host has dropped a defamation lawsuit he filed against a Grand Rapids radio host. Ryan Schuiling, of Lansing-based Midwest Communications’ sports “The Team” WQTX (92.1), had sought a temporary restraining order against Bill Simonson. In the lawsuit filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, Schuiling wanted to prevent the Grand Rapids' host from making comments or "acting in any manner" that could damage his reputation or lead to unfavorable publicity, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Schuiling declined comment Wednesday and referred questions to his attorney, Jamie White. "We have dismissed the lawsuit," White told the newspaper. "That matter has been resolved amicably.” White declined to provide details about terms of the dismissal.
Simonson declined comment Wednesday. In a statement sent in late May to the State Journal, Simonson said Schuilling's allegations were "untrue and lack merit." The lawsuit related to a blog post entitled "Ryan Schuiling wants to infiltrate Bill Simonson's 17-year-old daughter's inner circle" on Detroit Sports Rag, a third-party website not affiliated with Simonson. The post remains on the website.
According to the civil complaint, the post makes "numerous false allegations against Schuiling,” the Journal reports, including that “Schuiling attempted to orchestrate some alleged sexual interaction with Mr. Simonson's daughter.”
Jeff Moss, author of the Detroit Sports Rag post, wasn't listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. Moss said Wednesday he hasn't been sued by Schuiling or asked by him or any lawyer to take the post down. The post includes what Moss said are emails Schuiling sent to him. Moss said the post also includes emails and Facebook direct messages Schuiling sent to other people that referred to his plan to undermine Simonson.
“I don’t even know what they could even ask me to retract," Moss said of the post.
Simonson hosts "The Huge Show," a Grand Rapids-based program that is broadcast in 13 Michigan markets, including Lansing.
In addition to Simonson, Schuiling's lawsuit also targeted Cumulus Media and its “107.3 The Ball,” the Grand Rapids radio station where Simonson's show is based.