Via the Daily News -
Cousin Yuri can’t even sell his Alex Rodriguez World Series ring without stepping into a pile of controversy.
A South Florida trustee says in court papers filed on Tuesday that the diamond-studded ring belongs to Yuri Sucart’s bankruptcy estate, not the collector who consigned it to Goldin Auctions.
“We hope the case will be a home run for the creditors,” said Eric Silver, an attorney for trustee Soneet R. Kapila.
Sucart, of course, is best known as the man Rodriguez claimed persuaded him to use steroids during his tenure with the Texas Rangers. The Daily News reported earlier this month that Sucart, who worked as Rodriguez’s driver and go-fer for several years, has become estranged from his famous relative and has even talked about suing Rodriguez, although it’s not clear if he has a legal basis for a claim.
Sources have told the News that Sucart sold the ring because he is tired of the notoriety that comes with being associated with Rodriguez – and because Sucart, who filed for bankruptcy in April 2011, needs the money.
Court papers filed that South Florida collector John Battaglia paid Sucart $10,000 on Dec. 29 for the 2009 World Series ring, a replica of the jewelry issued to players on the Yankees most recent championship team. A spokesman for Rodriguez said the Yankees’ star made numerous replica rings after winning his only World Series title in 2009 and distributed them to friends and family members, including Sucart.
Battaglia then consigned the ring to Goldin Auctions of New Jersey.
Bidding for the ring has already surpassed $33,000, and auction house founder Ken Goldin has said it could surpass $40,000 or more by the time the auction closes on April 5.
Kapila and his attorneys learned that the size-16 ring – which is made of 14-karat white gold and has “Rodriguez” on one side above the Yankee logo, and “World Champions 2009 Unity” on the other — was for sale through media reports. Sucart – erroneously identified in the trustee’s court papers as “Sucrat” – did not include the ring in his list of assets when he filed for bankruptcy two years ago.
Kapila says in court papers that any proceeds from the sale of the ring should go to the trustee.
“The Ring is a valuable asset Trustee Kapila can liquidate for the benefit for the benefit of creditors as part of the administration of the bankruptcy estate of Sucrat (sic),” the filing says.
Battaglia’s attorney Robert Stok said his client had no idea the Sucart had filed for bankruptcy. He said the trustee has violated Battaglia’s due process rights by insisting the proceeds from the sale of the ring go to the Sucart estate.
“The trustee wants to commandeer my client’s contract (with Sucart),” Stok said. “They want to treat this contract as if my client does not exist.”
Stok said it’s not clear when Sucart received the ring. Sucart would have clear ownership of the ring if he received it after he filed for bankruptcy, Stok added. “The trustee saw this in the paper and acted reflexively,” Stok said. He assumed this must be the property of the estate.”
Yuri Sucart is a Howie Spira in the making, no?