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John Franco sued, accused of throwing a baseball at a woman over an estate sale

Jul 2, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

John Franco


John Franco and his wife held an estate sale last year. After the sale, the Francos and the woman who handled the estate sale had a fight. That fight has turned into a lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Franco assaulted the agent:

Franco, the career saves leader for left-handed pitchers, refused to let Ms. King leave, shoving her away from the front door and standing there for 15 minutes while glaring menacingly at her, court filings allege. Meanwhile, his wife berated her and called her a thief, contends the Westchester County resident.

At one point, Franco, who amassed 424 saves and 90 wins over 21 years, became enraged and flung an autographed baseball at a wall, Ms. King maintains in the suit, recently filed in Manhattan state Supreme Court.

“John A. Franco acted like a bully, intending to intimidate a woman,” Ms. King’s filing alleges.

The back story is that the Francos claim they are owed $30,000 more out of the estate sale than they received. The Francos’ lawyer says this is a “throw mud at the wall” lawsuit intended to head off his clients’ monetary claim.

Who knows what really happened. In my experience, though, situations like this — where the fight is really about money and there were extended negotiations over it prior to the suit being filed — lend themselves to the most innocuous acts to be characterized as the most heinous of physical assaults.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    First of all, come on Johnny, don’t threaten people with violence. Especially not women.

    Second of all, do other pro athletes threaten violence in ways the harken back to their glory days? Would Joe Namath have throw a spiral at the wall?

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Good thing Franco wasn’t a javelin hurler when he was younger.

      Or a curler…imagine him sliding a 40-pound curling stone across the foyer at her in a fit of rage…

      • rollinghighwayblues - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        or a Jai alai player. Remember that Jackass skit? Ouch.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Slow clap…

  3. heyblueyoustink - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    There are times in life where you don’t necessarily have to back folks off of the plate. You could just defame them.

  4. paperlions - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    While Franco was obviously being a giant dick, according to the law suit, he fired a ball at a wall, not at the agent. It doesn’t even say that he fired it in her direction. It appears that it isn’t just claims in these types of lawsuits that are misrepresented, but also the headlines about such lawsuits.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Ok, why is everyone being dismissive? You don’t know all the fact yet. And you clearly have never been in a threatening situation like that. Not all women are liars and schemers.

      • paperlions - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM


        I was OBVIOUSLY only being dismissive of the headline, not the legal claims on the part of the agent, who did not claim the ball was thrown at her, headline writers (including CC) inaccurately made that claim.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Sorry. Sore spot.

      • paperlions - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM


      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        BTW, that apology does not hold for the fuckwads who thumbed me down.

      • American of African Descent - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Oh, I thumbed you down because of your leaping to conclusions when Paperlions’ analysis was correct. Not all men are abusive trolls. But since you appear to believe I’m a fuckwad, I’ll go on record and say you’re acting like a child. Please tell me that you don’t vote.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Thank you for proving you’re a fuckwad. Have a nice day.

      • stex52 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Since “fuckwad” seems to be defined as “disagreeing with philiac”, I guess you’ll have to count me in.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        It doesn’t, but you can have a nice day too, stex.

  5. aceshigh11 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    He could throw that speedball by you…make you look like a fool, boy…

    • mazblast - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      I’ve heard Springsteen’s “songs” for nearly 40 years now, and I still can’t make out over half of the words.

  6. icanspeel - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    At least he didn’t hit her.. just sounded like a little chin music.

  7. eagles512 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Deceiving headline

  8. yahmule - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I would be very careful about detaining people against their will if I were John Franco.

    • stex52 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Bingo. Standing in the doorway and blocking her egress opens him up to a lot more charges than throwing a ball at the wall.

  9. jlovenotjlo - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Change your misleading headline to more accurately reflect what occurred.

  10. chunkala - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I don’t like the guy but I don’t believe this for a second.
    Hopefully Franco gets another shot to whiz a fastball against her head.

    • bbk1000 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      How do you not like him?

      It’s not like he’s Clemens, Dibble, etc….

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