Green: “The judge in the GirlsDoPorn case said that the management’s scheme had caused them significant and reputational harm. That they had become pariahs in their communities, and that some of them had lost their jobs and even become suicidal. Let me assure you that whatever they did on camera, no matter how obscene or degrading, it was nowhere near as publicly humiliating and personally harrowing as coaching the Padres on national television night after night for three years.”
Earlier this month, San Diego Superior Court Judge Kevin Enright awarded $12.75 million to 22 women who claimed that the operators of the website GirlsDoPorn.com tricked them into, well, doing porn. Though the women signed contracts saying that the material they helped create could be shown anywhere, they argued that they were lured to a San Diego hotel room and then plied with drugs and alcohol so that their judgment was too impaired to properly assess the contract. Further, they were lied to by the website’s owners — assured that the videos would never make it to the Internet, and would be sold only on DVDs in foreign countries.
When fired Padres manager Andy Green read about the lawsuit and resultant award, he couldn’t help but feel inspired. “I too was lured to San Diego and plied with alcohol,” he explains. “I too was lied to by the owners, assured that I would be allowed to build a sustainable, successful program over time, and not have my top performers traded away like so much horseflesh. Yes, maybe I should have paid closer attention to my contract. But you know how it is — I needed the money. Anyway, if those girls can do it, so can I.”