Alex Rodriguez sued for allegedly being delinquent on $380,000 in legal fees
Despite Alex Rodriguez trying to maintain a low profile as he serves out his season-long suspension out of baseball, his name nevertheless manages to pop up every once in a while. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, either, that when A-Rod does surface in the news, it is usually not in the most glowing or complimentary manner.
The same can be said about the latest “A-Rodtroversy.” The New York Yankees third baseman is being sued by a former attorney who claims in a lawsuit that Rodriguez owes $380,000 in unpaid legal fees, most of them incurred during his appeal of his suspension stemming from his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.
A 12-page complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday by David Cornwell and law firm Gordon & Rees, according to a New York Daily News report. The suit alleges that A-Rod refused to pay the balance on the counsel of Desiree Perez, an ex-con and nightclub manager who apparently is a top adviser of Jay-Z and Roc Nation.
“Most recently, Mr. Rodriguez admitted that his advisers at Roc Nation, most specifically, Desiree Perez, instructed him ‘not to pay the invoices, and to make Gordon & Rees sue’ him,” the complaint reportedly reads.
Gordon & Rees also are seeking a prejudgment for attorney fees and interest, an amount that could reach upwards of $500,000.
Cromwell, based in Atlanta, filed a petition for arbitration in February. The complaint filed Monday asserts that Rodriguez did not respond.
Cromwell declined to comment when news first surfaced that Rodriguez was dodging legal bills in a report filed by the New York Daily News back in March. Given that he had already filed a petition for arbitration makes the reason behind not commenting that much clearer.
A spokesperson for Rodriguez, meanwhile, attempted to downplay the seriousness of the claims in the lawsuit, arguing that it is more of a misunderstanding than A-Rod trying to avoid paying for legal services rendered on his behalf.
“Alex Rodriguez has already paid substantial legal fees to this firm,” the spokesperson said. “There are additional fees being sought from hours that continued to be billed and are the source of the disagreement between the parties. Alex looks forward to swiftly resolving this matter and moving on.”
Moving on. Something Major League Baseball and a large contingent of the league’s fans would like to do regarding anything and everything to do with A-Rod.