Yankees great Alex Rodriguez tears up ‘scandalous’ ex-brother-in-law’s trial in court
Alex Rodriguez is not going to fall without taking a hit.
Rodriguez hit back at a lawsuit against his former brother-in-law, calling it “outrageous” and telling a judge to dismiss it.
The lawsuit, in which Constantine Scurtis claims millions of dollars from the former Yankees slugger, “makes no effort to provide factual allegations to support the inflammatory charges,” according to Rodriguez’s response to Scurtis’ opposition on dismissal, filed Tuesday in Miami circuit court.
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Scurtis alleges Rodriguez and his business partner Stuart Zook are backstabbers who illegally cut him off from a real estate company he helped them form before Rodriguez’s marriage to Cynthia Scurtis broke over allegations that he cheated on her. He says Rodriguez owes him shipments of money as a result.
In the lawsuit, Constantine Scurtis also alleges that A-Rod also “concocted a ploy to profit from the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike”, which was blamed for at least 195 deaths and billions of dollars in damage in 2008.
Rodriguez, however, says Scurtis’ claims are baseless. This is not the first time that Scurtis has brought Rodriguez to justice. He filed several unsuccessful lawsuits against Rodriguez, the first in 2014.
“There is a difference between claims of ultimate fact and scandalous and inflammatory concluding charges without any claim of ultimate fact to support the same,” said Tuesday’s filing.
Rodriguez maintains that while Scurtis’ lawsuit alleges fraud, it does not cite specific examples of Rodriguez or Zook breaking the law.
Instead, Rodriguez says, it’s filled with “vitriolic” and “sassy” claims that need more specialization.
Rodriguez’s response adds that Scurtis’ lawsuit stacks many unspecified allegations on top of each other and “should not be left to analyze them” “like pigs hunting truffles, to determine what is alleged” .
Rodriguez hit the fourth-most home run in baseball history at 696, but was also suspended twice under the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He retired in 2016. He is currently engaged to mega star Jennifer Lopez.
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