Every lawsuit has another side. Now, we hear from Dakota Meyer’s former supervisor at BAE Systems OASYS Inc. Bobby McCreight, Mr. Meyer’s former boss, filed his Answer to Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer’s lawsuit. Mr. Meyer’s lawsuit accuses Mr. McCreight of defaming Mr. Meyer and costing him a new job. Mr. Meyer had applied for a position with Ausgar Technologies. Mr. McCreight is also a Marine veteran. He admits he did speak with the potential new employer at Ausgar, but says he had no idea Ausgar called regarding a job application by Mr. Meyer. See San Antonio Express News report. The defense contracting world is close knit. It is possible Bobby McCreight and the potential employer at Ausgar knew each other already.
Mr. McCreight says it is "absurd" that he ridiculed Mr. Meyer’s military service. He says he served as a mentor to the younger Dakota Meyer. He helped the Medal of Honor winner draft the email criticizing BAE Systems for considering sending top of the line eqipment to Pakistan, the former supervisor claims.
The Answer claims that everything Mr. McCreight said to the potential employer was true. It states that Mr. Meyer failed to consistently follow through on his physical therapy and failed to attend schooling required by BAE Systems.
Mr. McCreight says in his Answer that he never used the word "mentally unstable" when discussing Dakota Meyer. He says he would never use those are words to describe a fellow veteran. I would hope so. As a veteran, I am also aware that the public sometimes expects some irrational behavior from us. It does not help to feed into this stereotype.
Yet, the Answer cites a book by Bing West, which refers to Mr. Meyer. "The Wrong War" describes Dakota Meyer as wound too tight and willing to fight anyone.
I have not read Mr. McCreight’s Answer. But, I have to wonder why he found it necessary to criticize Dakota Meyer, even if he did it via a book written by a well-known military author. And, I am still scratching my head that when the President called Dakota Meyer to congratulate him on the MOH, Mr. Meyer felt he had to ask the President to call him on his lunch break. I have represented many nervous employees. But, cannot recall such a situation where an employee’s job position was so tenuous that a call from the President on something as important as the Medal of Honor might cause them problems.
Every lawsuit has another side. It seems to me so far that Mr. McCreight has an uphill climb in this defamation lawsuit.