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Alex Rodriguez accused of being delinquent on as much as $3M in legal fees


The New York Daily News is alleging in a lengthy and detailed investigative report that a source informed the paper that Alex Rodriguez is delinquent on as much as $3 million in legal fees. The fees are related to his bitter battle with Major League Baseball over his suspension as a result of his alleged conduct during the investigation into Biogenesis.

Rodriguez originally was suspended for 211 games plus any postseason games but the suspension was reduced to 162 games through an arbitration process. A-Rod ultimately dropped his lawsuit, as well as his appeal, and accepted the 162-game suspension, meaning he will sit out the entirety of the 2014 season.

Despite ultimately coming out on the short end and dropping the suit, a source familiar with the case claims that Rodriguez racked up an estimated $4 million in legal fees, spread out between attorney fees and private investigation costs incurred during the unsuccessful lawsuit. Approximately $3 million of those fees and expenses allegedly remain unpaid at this time.

The source also tells the Daily News that A-Rod has ignored several attempts by his lawyers to collect on the substantial balance owed.

It is unclear which firms, attorneys, etc. Rodriguez allegedly owes the suspected $3 million as he enlisted the services of several firms in his lengthy battle, but Joe Tacopina, A-Rod’s lead attorney, issued a statement denying any monies are owed to him by Rodriguez.

“I have absolutely no fee dispute whatsoever with Alex,” Tacopina said. “He has been entirely fair and responsible with respect to the payment of my fees.”

Meanwhile, others who provided legal and investigative services to A-Rod, including powerhouse firm Reed Smith as well as Guidepost Solutions, a private investigation firm, have been tight-lipped about Rodriguez.

Reed Smith partners Jordan Siev and James McCarroll both declined comment on the allegations. Sports lawyer David Cornwell also declined comment, as did Washington lobbyist Lanny Davis, who reportedly was paid a substantial retainer up front to work on A-Rod’s case.

The Daily News’ source also mentions Miami criminal defense lawyer Roy Black and Pittsburgh sports attorney Jay Reisinger as among those on A-Rod’s legal team who have not been fully paid, although those two did not return calls to comment on the story.

The source warns that if A-Rod does not pay up and he intends to play during the 2015 season, his alleged creditors could make things very uncomfortable for him. It is suspected that lawsuits would be filed and unflattering information about the methods utilized to pursue his appeal would cast Rodriguez in an extremely negative light.

“If he resists paying, he will pay anyway and he will suffer,” the source 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.”

So, business as usual for A-Rod, then, right?

Ultimately, the report as it is outlined is mostly speculation built upon allegations provided by an anonymous source, but if any of those allegations prove true and A-Rod allows this potential scandal to get out of hand and turn into a full-blown lawsuit, well, that won’t be good for Alex Rodriguez, either. Then again, A-Rod historically seems incapable of getting out of his own way and avoiding controversy, why stop now?