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J.C. Romero being sued for alleged altercation with fan

Mar 13, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

J.C. Romero headshot.jpgWe originally mentioned this last June, but now J.C. Romero is being sued by the fan who accused him of assault.

Robert Eaton, 26, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Romero caused him “serious and permanent injury” by allegedly hitting him in the neck when he was asking for an autograph. Eaton recalls getting the pitcher’s attention by saying, “How about you get me some juice?” Of course, Romero served a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy, so it’s possible he didn’t take too kindly to the joke, but charges were never pursued on the Phillies left-hander because of conflicting reports from witnesses.

Eaton, who said the assault left him with three herniated disks in his neck, is seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages.

On the pitching side of things, Romero is working his way back from offseason surgery on his elbow. He has yet to face live hitters, leaving the chances of him being ready for the start of the season in doubt.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 13, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Sounds like “Robert Eaton” is either Jason Kendall’s wife in butch, or he spent the entire time since last June trying to find a lawyer slimy enough to take a case that the police didn’t think was worth pursuing in the first place. It can take a while, what with the mail carriers being collateral damage in drug shootouts down there so often, but it sounds like eventually he did receive the Guadalajara Law School’s list of alumni in the Philadelphia area and found one who needed some work to feed his horrible chili horsemeat and velveeta sandwich jones.
    Personally, I hope Romero beats his ass in court. Sounds like what Eaton really herniated was several disks higher up than his neck.

  2. Will - Mar 13, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    This is a simple case of freedom of speech going a little to far. It looks to me that R. Eaton got what he asked for. Take it like a man. fool.

  3. GimmeSomeSteel - Mar 13, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Amen to that. It’s long since been established that Romero didn’t take the banned substance intentionally. Why rub it in?
    .
    When you insult larger-than-normal people, make sure you’re out of striking range, fool.

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