Alex Rodriguez has been sued by his former brother-in-law for $100 million in a lawsuit that accuses the baseball star of committing mortgage and insurance fraud in 2008.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a Miami-Dade County court in Florida, accuses Rodriguez of a litany of offenses, including breach of contract, civil conspiracy, and fraud, the New York Daily News reported.
Constantine Scurtis, the brother of A-Rod's ex-wife Cynthia Rodriguez, filed suit regarding Newport Property Ventures Ltd., a real estate business Rodriguez and Scurtis owned together, the News said. Scurtis claims that Rodriguez used the company to commit fraud in the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
“This is the last thing in the world I want to do,” Scurtis told the Daily News. “I have a very positive career going on right now. It’s not good to be involved in litigation in the business I’m in. I’m not trying to draw attention to myself. But what’s right is right.”
Although Scurtis told the Daily News that his lawsuit is not about dollars, the complaint details millions of dollars that Scurtis said he is still owed from the Newport business.
Rodriguez, back on the New York Yankees field this season after a year-long suspension, is embroiled in another Florida lawsuit, as well — one that involves the steroid Biogenesis scandal yet again. In June, former Miami pitching coach Lazaro Collazo filed a suit against Rodriguez, accusing him of handing over Collazo's confidential medical records during A-Rod's fight with Major League Baseball, the Daily News reported.
While battling both lawsuits in court, Rodriguez is fighting a slump on the field. The New York Post called August a "lost month"
for the Yankees and Rodriguez.
"Rodriguez turned 40 last month and in recent games, looks as if he has been afflicted with what teammate Brett Gardner described as a team-wide lack of offensive energy," the newspaper reported.
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