Alex Rodriguez has paid millions of dollars in an attempt to clear his name and fight against the suspension Major League Baseball levied against him. Or, should we say, the New York Yankees slugger is supposed to pay millions for the services that go along with that battle. One report claims he has failed to do that.
According to the NY Daily News, A-Rod racked up roughly $4 million in legal feels and private investigator fees while fighting MLB. He has reportedly paid some of the bills, but a source said he still owes about $3 million to a number of people and companies. Rodriguez has allegedly ignored repeated calls from lawyers who are trying to collect.
The Daily News’ source goes on to claim that attorneys and private investigators could take A-Rod to court if he continues to make them wait. And going to court could involve revealing truths about Rodriguez’s failed attempt to get his suspension overturned.
“If he resists paying, he will pay anyway and he will suffer,” the source reportedly said. “If he forces people to prove he owes them money, the issues that he discussed with his attorneys will be made public — and Alex doesn’t want people telling the truth.”
Joe Tacopina is one of the people Rodriguez is said to be in debt with, though the criminal defense attorney denied it.
“I have absolutely no fee dispute whatsoever with Alex,” Tacopina told the Daily News. “He has been entirely fair and responsible with respect to the payment of my fees.”
The idea certainly seems far-fetched, as Rodriguez is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time and is worth an estimated $300 million. The Yankees won’t have to pay him in 2014, but he is still owed a total of $51 million through 2017. It’s probably safe to assume all parties will be paid in full before the courts get involved.