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Todd 'MJ Kelli' Schnitt testifies in his trial vs. Bubba the Love Sponge

Todd Schnitt testifies Tuesday during the defamation trial in which he and his wife are suing Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Todd Schnitt testifies Tuesday during the defamation trial in which he and his wife are suing Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

TAMPA — On Tuesday, it wasn't about the "radio wars" or the things Bubba the Love Sponge Clem said on-air about Todd "MJ" Schnitt.

When Schnitt took the stand Tuesday afternoon in his lawsuit against Clem, he spoke about what happened afterward, on Tampa's streets and at his home.

Schnitt was with his children at WestShore Plaza in 2008 when a man walked up to him in the food court and yelled obscenities.

A similar incident happened later at Wright's Gourmet House.

Pirates confronted him at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest parade that year, and Schnitt had to cancel a Mother's Day brunch that May to clean up eggs splattered across his home.

As he was cleaning, he found a note.

Bubba army

Rulesssssss!!!!!!

Schnitt and his wife are suing Clem, contending he made "false, highly offensive and defamatory statements" about them. Tuesday started week two of the trial.

Schnitt said he never got verbal attacks like these before Clem returned to the Tampa Bay radio market in January 2008.

And, he said, he never got emails like the ones his lawyer displayed before jurors on a projection screen in court Tuesday. Schnitt called them "angry, vulgar, violent, confrontational."

Jan. 18, 2008: just some feedback on your show. . . . Bubba is back and stepping all over you all. Better luck in a different market because Tampa is Bubba's gig.

Jan. 17, 2008: mj your show sucks i hope bubba puts you under and out of town

Many called Schnitt names not suitable for print.

One told him to die.

Some were signed "Bubba Army."

Schnitt called a security company about getting cameras installed at his home.

Earlier Tuesday, Clem's former co-host Matt "Spiceboy" Loyd took the witness stand and explained what it meant to be in a so-called radio war with another show.

"I love it," Loyd said. "It's a fun, entertaining thing to do. … In the radio business, it keeps you on your toes. It helps you grow as a personality."

Clem's war with Schnitt involved calling his wife, Michelle, a "whore."

What did they mean by that word? Loyd was asked. That she literally sold her body for money?

No, he responded — "just a general term to try to stir it up."

Did he consider Mrs. Schnitt part of the radio war, he was asked.

"I never considered her at all, to be quite honest with you. It sort of happened," he said.

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