Ever since LA Weekly reported on how darts enthusiast Dino M. Zaffina took control of the Southern California Darts Association following a feud with the its members over whether to include his middle initial “M” on the association's website, Zaffina – the current SCDA president and CEO – has issued numerous press releases.
In one, Zaffina stresses that his move to incorporate as the SCDA was a professional decision and not a personal one. In another, he provides photographs of two checks totaling nearly $5,000 in attorney's fees that one of the darts players owed Zaffina after unsuccessfully filing a counter-lawsuit against him.
In a third press release …
… Zaffina reprimands former SDCA player David Irete for “his bigotry” for calling Zaffina “a cocksucker” in the Weekly article, demanding that Irete “should publicly apologize to all of humanity!”
So far, we've gotten wind of seven press releases totaling 14 pages from February 6 to February 16 that Zaffina and his SCDA have issued. It is unclear which, if any, media outlets in addition to LA Weekly have received them.
In the most recent one that we've received, Zaffina announced that he is adding former SCDA board member Milan Sabata as a defendant in his “trade libel” lawsuit against the dart players.
Zaffina also claims that Sabata is essentially working as a plumber illegally. In his press release, Zaffina states that California records show Sabata's contractor's license is inactive. He urges anyone aware “of Sabata contracting with the public” to report Sabata to the state licensing board in Sacramento.
Sabata does not deny that his personal license is inactive, but says that Zaffina has gone too far and doesn't have all of his facts straight.
“He was very crafty obtaining the licensing information,” says Sabata, “but he is only telling half of the story.”
Sabata says that in 1999 he incorporated a company – the name of which he has asked the Weekly not to divulge – and works legally under his fully licensed company name, not his personal license which he no longer needed and allowed to expire.
Sabata did however tell the Weekly the name of his company, and, according to the California Department of Consumer Affairs, it has an active license and lists Sabata as its president and CEO.
As for being named in the lawsuit that Zaffina filed against the dart players, Sabata says, “I'm glad I'm finally part of the lawsuit now, as stupid as it sounds, because I was sticking out like a sore thumb from all of the other players and now we will all fight it together.”