Via Jon Heyman -
When Alex Rodriguez was lambasting baseball’s powers and his own bosses with the Yankees –suing his Yankees doctor, criticizing beloved late union chief Michael Weiner in court papers and at one point reportedly even leaking damaging information about Ryan Braun and teammate Francisco Cervelli –folks around baseball were speculating that A-Rod’s only remaining friends may be his own lawyers.
Now even some of them presumably don’t like him much.
A-Rod has refused to pay a large part of his legal bill, sources said, confirming a report in the New York Daily News.
Those sources estimate that he has refused to pay about $3 million out of an estimated $5 million or more in legal fees. Those sources further say he has refused to even return phone calls on the matter, making it clear he has no interest in paying.
Beyond the fact that $3 million is a pittance to him — he is said to have a lot of money left, plus $61 million more to come from the Yankees — if he tries claiming malpractice, his lawyer-client privilege will be waived, with the possibility of damaging testimony becoming public. Perhaps at this point A-Rod believes his rep is so bad that he can’t be harmed, and he only has his money left.
This conjures up a sorry image, a once great Miami man cuddled up with only cash in a beautiful seaside abode.
Whatever you think of A-Rod’s case, or even the outcome that saw him suspended for the 2014 season by the MLB arbitrator, his lawyers did get his original suspension reduced from 211 games, meaning they saved him about $6 million.
Unfortunately for him, most of that money should have gone to the lawyers. But sources suggest A-Rod has tried to keep most of it for himself.
At this point, Alex should just marry a Kardashian or go shoplifting with a Lohan and just get it over with…