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Heyman goes one better than the Daily News: claims A-Rod has “refused” to pay his legal bill

Mar 21, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP AP

Yesterday I explained how misguided the New York Daily News was in painting A-Rod as a “deadbeat” for still having an outstanding balance on his legal bills. I explained how legal billing works and how unusual it is for anyone — person or corporation — to have settled a multi-million dollar legal bill scarcely a month after the representation ended. Indeed, I noted how that can be reckless as prudent clients are well-served to review their legal bills and negotiate them downward. Lawyers can, even unwittingly, overcharge for services, after all.

Yesterday Jon Heyman did the Daily News one better: he says that A-Rod not only hasn’t paid his entire bill yet. He says he has refused to do so:

A-Rod has refused to pay a large part of his legal bill, sources said, confirming a report in the New York Daily News.

Those sources estimate that he has refused to pay about $3 million out of an estimated $5 million or more in legal fees. Those sources further say he has refused to even return phone calls on the matter, making it clear he has no interest in paying.

Again: I have no reason to dispute the idea that A-Rod hasn’t paid his entire legal bill. I’m sure he hasn’t. And if he is, indeed, “refusing” to do so, it would be totally consistent with what one often sees after a contentious and, in many ways, unsuccessful representation. A hard negotiation over fees, with said “refusal” being no different than a baseball player refusing to negotiate a contract extension after opening day. You see this from clients — even well-heeled ones — all the time. If Heyman had bothered to ask a lawyer about it he’d know that.

But Heyman is more interested in using this isolated and frankly uninteresting little factoid as a springboard for, once again, rehashing all of the reasons A-Rod is to be loathed. The very headline of his article calls his legal bill “the latest in a series of bad acts.” And he spends paragraph after paragraph lambasting Rodriguez for all of his past misdeeds as if they were news and as if the legal fee thing was in keeping with them on a moral and ethical level. It’s the ultimate exercise in attack journalism, built on a falsehood held out of ignorance, willful or otherwise, about the underlying facts of the situation.

No one in the media particularly likes Alex Rodriguez and I understand that. But the overheated efforts some take to shred him, and the eagerness they have to do it, is baffling to me and, frankly, pathetic.

  1. dirtyharry1971mom - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    I love Arod!

    • josh4bv2014 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      You are a lawyer, if he didn’t pay you, sue him……..this is not rocket science

      • jeffbbf - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        Moron. There’s a big difference between refusing to negotiate a new contract and refusing to pay your legal bill. One is not obligated to negotiate a new contract. I can only imagine Craig was involved in multiple negotiations for millions of dollars in legal fees, which is why he’s blogging these days. Or maybe he just wasn’t that good of a negotiator – or didn’t quite understand the process as well as he thinks he does.

  2. clydeserra - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    What part of History’s Greatest Monster don’t you understand, Craig?

  3. thedoubleentandres - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    What a rascal

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      yes, so lovable incorrigible.

  4. Lone Star - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    If only A-Rod stories were banned for a year as well…

    • illegalblues - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      THIS ^^^^^^

  5. nymets4ever - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    NOBODY FREAKING CARES

    • zzalapski - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      That explains why you posted twice on this thread, right?

  6. chc4 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Is there ever a situation where Craig isn’t a shill for the player(s)? If ever there was a guy that doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt it’s Arod (and Braun who he regularly sympathizes with). Loco.

    • nymets4ever - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Yes — every Spring, when he routinely and gleefully mocks clean players’ attempts to get in great shape and improve their game naturally without lying on a table sticking chemical-filled needles in their buttocks.

      • sandwiches4ever - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Somebody is missing the point of the BSOHL thing. Hint: it has nothing to do with the players getting in shape.

    • sandwiches4ever - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      It happens.

    • zacksdad - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      No, he is only a shill when they take PEDs. He currently seems to own a lot of stock in companies making the product.

  7. chacochicken - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Why do lawyers expect to get paid if they fail?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      50% of the people in court lose, more or less. Lawyers still do the work to represent their clients’ interests. If lawyers could not get paid unless they win, it would be nearly impossible for many people to ever be represented.

    • jobber33 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      My guess would be PED boy agreed to the fees before the lawyer took the job. He probably had him sign something as well. If there was nothing put in the papers saying the lawyer doesn’t get paid if they lose then PED boy needs to pay up. It’s not like he doesn’t have the money. The clown is just a plain loser and admitted cheater.

    • zacksdad - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      I guess the same reason baseball players expect to get paid when they fail. Paid millions of dollars weather they perform or not. Paid millions of dollars to take PEDs and up their worth and then stop taking them after their guaranteed contract. Get paid millions of dollars to get caught and blame someone else for it.

      Do I need to go on….

    • donjsmith - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      because no lawyer worth a damn would ever take a case like Arod’s without the guarantee of being paid… Arod’s a piece of garbage as a human being, and it is very clear that he cheated and took PEDs, and he had lied for over a decade about it… if lawyers got to choose between the two sides in this one, they’d all line up against Arod if they only got paid to win…
      losing this case was a given… not the lawyer’s fault they lost, that belongs to Arod for being such a weak and unlikeable person…
      I mean, do you think Charles Manson’s lawyer shouldn’t have been paid?

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Just Alex being Alex….

    Seriously, I will take these reporters seriously when they are our witch-hunting the guys who are currently playing, who were caught and admitted to cheating. Where is the Brian Roberts mania in NY? Admitted user! Playing in NY! Where is Ryan Dempster to throw a ball at him? Where is Jhonny Gomes to twitch his way through a tirade against him? What does Brandon McCarthy think about all of this? I look forward to hearing about Rob Manfred sleeping his way through the Oriels clubhouse in his search for evidence of Roberts’ past transgressions.

    Unless, of course, the hate really isn’t about steroids at all. At least not as much as it is about reporters who don’t like ARod grasping for any convenient sharp stick with which to try and poke him.

  9. chiadam - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    This is exactly like that time I refused to pay for a second lap dance at the Mouse’s Ear.

    • bigdicktater - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Any stitches?

  10. SBoy - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I agreed with your article on the topic yesterday Craig… But today you seem to be bending over backwards a little to justify in light of the new alleged information that A-Rod is refusing to pay and not returning calls about it. If true than it is newsworthy and A-Rod should not get a pass on it. And it is not totally consistent to ignore a 3 million dollar bill… Dispute? Try to negotiate down? Yes. Refuse to pay and ignore calls to discuss?…Ah no. If true, he will likely get sued and lose if the billable hours add up… and I’m guessing his next lawyer will want a larger retainer! …

    • djpostl - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      But “new alleged information” is all Heyman deals in. Maybe if it were another source, one who isn’t a known Boras patsy we could treat it as something more than tabloid fodder.

      But it’s Heyman. So we can’t.

  11. djpostl - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I agree on all fronts, but the bright side is it gives us another reason to talk about what a worthless shill Heyman is.

  12. jonusb - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    It’s all about the viewership and ratings. Just mentioning A-Rod by name attracts attention, and the news and sports media know this. The Daily News could have a back page article on A-Rod running out of toilet paper and shopping for more.

  13. aceshigh11 - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    This just in: A-Rod anally raped your mother while simultaneously pouring sugar into your gas tank

  14. droman79 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    So surprised to see another ARod article from Craig…

  15. jackweho - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Hey Craig: take your own advice in the last paragraph. You are the pathetic one and everyone should just shred your articles. A-Rod was, is, and always will be a loser. This comes from a life long Yankee fan. He did nothing but tarnish the whole Yankee organization. No one will even care about his records in a few years…his name will just be a blight on baseball history and everyone will link his “accomplishments” to chemical enhancements. Too bad, because he probably would have been great without stimulants but now we will never know. Good-bye and good riddance to him. A fitting way to go out, stiffing his own legal team who couldn’t fabricate enough lies and stories to convince anyone of his innocence.

  16. educatedfools - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    John Dennis of Dennis and Callahan today asked if A-Rod is worse than Pistorius, the blade runner that killed his girlfriend. They had to really think about whether he is or isn’t.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Well, Pistorius hasn’t been found guilty. Yet.

  17. righthandofjustice - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Jon Heyman should refuse to pay his sources for giving him either bogus information or reports without any supporting facts.

  18. zinger99 - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    To anyone who ‘loves’ A-Rod,defends A-Rod,congratulations – you are a suck!
    That loser of a ballplayer and human being should be ripped at EVERY turn.

    • jrbdmb - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      I think ignoring him would piss him off more, and is thus a far better “punishment.”

  19. Tim's Neighbor - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    The “even unwittingly” line was a nice touch. I love that presumption that it was intentional.

  20. catskinnerd11r - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    He is a douche

  21. Panda Claus - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Rodriguez may have returned the calls, but was denied because he tried calling collect. Wait, does anybody still do that anymore?

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      I imagine A-Roid has a pay phone in his house for people who forgot their cells.

  22. norvturnersneck - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    So shocking! He has such great character. I didn’t expect this from someone who doesn’t lie, cheat, or is modest.

    In other words, enjoy the year off you loser. Just retire and save us all the hassle for next year.

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