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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Heyman | Bombshell Lawsuit Filed Against Levinson Brothers

The lawsuit, which claims ACES has been providing MLB players with PEDs for decades, purports to have a signed affidavit from Kirk Radomski, who pleaded guilty to two such charges and was a major player in MLB’s Mitchell Report on PED usage a decade ago, and also goes into minute detail about the Levinsons’ alleged involvement with convicted drug dealer Anthony Bosch of Biogenesis, and how Sam Levinson introduced Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and other MLB players to Bosch and was aware that Bosch’s regimen for the players contained HGH, testosterone and performance-enhancing “gummies.”

The lawsuit, which also claims the Levinsons make “under-the-table” payments to clients, says the Levinsons’ mantra was to do “whatever it took,” even if it meant doing things in violation of the laws of the United States and the rules of MLB and the players union and that Nunez was “thrown under the bus to protect their own reputations” and made to take the fall for the harebrained schemes to try to fool MLB regarding Cabrera’s failed test. Those schemes, memorably, included, devising a phony Website, which Nunez said was the idea of Seth Levinson, designed to fake out MLB into thinking Cabrera mistakenly took a PED after reading about it online rather than obtaining it from convicted drug dealer Anthony Bosch via Sam Levinson’s introduction.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2018 at 08:50 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: February 13, 2018 at 11:22 AM (#5624169)
Google for "Agents: ACES" site:www.baseball-reference.com yields the following results:

Juan Lagares
Jon Lester
Alex Wood
David Lough
Adam Ottavino
Mike Wright
Clint Robinson
Rhiner Cruz
Al Alburquerque
Andres Torres
Mitch Talbot
Carlos Carrasco
Daniel Webb
Zack Segovia
Santiago Casilla
Drake Britton
Matt Harrison
Jeurys Familia
Jason Motte
Burke Badenhop
Danny Duffy
Josh Lindblom
Jason Hammel
Wily Peralta
Kevin Plawecki
Bobby Parnell
Randy Choate
Aaron Harang
Tyler Thornburg
Dan Otero
Brad Peacock
Rich Hill
Nolan Reimold
Jeff Locke
Nathan Eovaldi
Wilmer Flores
Justin Wilson
Josh Reddick
Gio Gonzalez
Joe Kelly
David Wright
Raul Ibanez (Sr.)
Brandon Phillips
Charlie Blackmon
Dustin Pedroia
Logan Forsythe
Melky Mesa
Daniel Murphy
Jesus Montero
Brett Cecil
A. J. Ellis
Drew Hutchison
Scott Rolen
Zach Walters
Brandon Inge
Jedd Gyorko

...through the first 10 pages of results.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: February 13, 2018 at 11:25 AM (#5624173)
I'd forgotten about the wacky Melky Cabrera fake website ruse.
   3. dlf Posted: February 13, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5624299)
Just skimming the pdf copy of the complaint ... the plaintiff spends most of his time alleging that he broke the law, but only because he was directed to do so by the defendants and, therefore, is entitled to money. Setting aside whether or not the agents in question did what they are accused of, this seems to be an unusual claim to form the basis of a civil lawsuit which, at least nominally, should be a simple breach of contract claim.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 13, 2018 at 03:40 PM (#5624474)
Nunez's own credibility may be a difficult hurdle for him if he's central to all (or most) of the misconduct and the issue is what the Levinson's knew of it. One would think that if the Levinson's were the criminal masterminds, Nunez could have fingered them in the criminal case, copped a plea deal, and avoided jail time. That didn't happen.
   5. dlf Posted: February 13, 2018 at 03:51 PM (#5624486)
FWIW, the Levinsons have issued a press release:

While we have not yet seen the complaint, Juan Nunez is a convicted felon who spent time in federal prison. He betrayed his family, the players who trusted him and the very people who gave him an opportunity at a great life and career. He was terminated almost six (6) years ago, in August of 2012, after his betrayals came to light. ACES has been thoroughly investigated, and at every turn, has fully cooperated. The MLBPA exonerated us, all of the players cleared us, and it was conclusively proven that we did absolutely nothing wrong. This is nothing more than a shakedown by a man broken by his own criminal actions. We will take the fight to Mr. Nunez for any meritless and defamatory claims, and we will seek all available remedies and damages that his criminal behavior has caused.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: February 13, 2018 at 03:58 PM (#5624494)
It does sound a bit like suing a Mafia don claiming he fired you because you only wounded the guy you were supposed to kill ... which even if you buy that this is actionable, it sounds like the dismissal was justified.
   7. Curtschillingsdingleberrybatboy Posted: February 13, 2018 at 06:06 PM (#5624567)
This is the “or else”. “If I take the fall, you guys better take care of me, or else. They didn’t take care of him.

Also, Boras’ media skills are incredible. He probably had heyman hype this story to set up some other move he’s gonna make.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: February 13, 2018 at 06:59 PM (#5624603)
This is the “or else”.

Could be but, given the odds of winning this suit, the "or else" could have been delivered more easily (and maybe with a bit of compensation) by giving ESPN an exclusive dirt-dishing interview. I suppose this could be the "last chance to settle and keep me quiet" run at it.

I remember back when (one of?) Bill Cosby's "illegitimate" sons tried to extort him, there was an excellent op-ed (Times? Post?) from a lawyer laying out some of the legal ways he could have tried to extort Cosby if he had only hired a lawyer. I suppose this could be one of those.

Of course Nunez will probably be Trump's next head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau so he's OK for the near future.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 13, 2018 at 08:36 PM (#5624636)
I love this bit in the press release:

This is nothing more than a shakedown by a man broken by his own criminal actions.


Any time you can utilise the term "shakedown" in a publicly released statement is a good day!

Of course if they knew all this stuff about Nunez originally, why'd they hire such a rogue in the first place?
   10. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 13, 2018 at 09:16 PM (#5624640)
Boy, I remember when Yankees fans had Melky Mesa to look forward to as a prospect.
   11. Sean Forman Posted: February 14, 2018 at 09:04 AM (#5624754)
Saving everyone the trouble of asking me.

name_common       year_min year_max current_representation                  |
+-------------------+----------+----------+-----------------------------------------+
Al Alburquerque   |     2011 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Burke Badenhop    |     2008 |     2015 ACES                                    |
Antonio Bastardo  |     2009 |     2017 The Legacy Agency                       |
Steve Bechler     |     2002 |     2002 Levinsons                               |
Joaquin Benoit    |     2001 |     2017 Levinsons                               |
Larry Bigbie      |     2001 |     2006 Sam SamardzijaFrontline Athlete Mgmt  |
Charlie Blackmon  |     2011 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Milton Bradley    |     2000 |     2011 ACES                                    |
Drake Britton     |     2013 |     2014 ACES                                    |
Marlon Byrd       |     2002 |     2016 ACES                                    |
Miguel Cairo      |     1996 |     2012 ACES                                    |
Carter Capps      |     2012 |     2017 ISE Baseball                            |
Carlos Carrasco   |     2009 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Santiago Casilla  |     2004 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Luis Castillo     |     1996 |     2010 ACES                                    |
Ramon Castro      |     1999 |     2011 Jaime Torres                            |
Brett Cecil       |     2009 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Randy Choate      |     2000 |     2015 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Brandon Claussen  |     2003 |     2006 Levinsons                               |
Alex Cobb         |     2011 |     2017 Beverly Hills Sports Council            |
Marty Cordova     |     1995 |     2003 Levinsons                               |
Allen Craig       |     2010 |     2015 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Rhiner Cruz       |     2012 |     2013 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Rajai Davis       |     2006 |     2017 ISE Baseball                            |
Russ Davis        |     1994 |     2001 Levinsons                               |
Danny Duffy       |     2011 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
A.JEllis        |     2008 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Nathan Eovaldi    |     2011 |     2016 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Jeurys Familia    |     2012 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Jeff Fassero      |     1991 |     2006 Levinsons                               |
Pedro Feliz       |     2000 |     2010 ACES                                    |
Wilmer Flores     |     2013 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Cliff Floyd       |     1993 |     2009 Levinsons                               |
Logan Forsythe    |     2011 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Jay Gibbons       |     2001 |     2011 Levinsons                               |
Gio Gonzalez      |     2008 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Willie Greene     |     1992 |     2000 Levinsons                               |
Mark Grudzielanek |     1995 |     2010 ACES                                    |
Jedd Gyorko       |     2013 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Toby Hall         |     2000 |     2008 Levinsons                               |
Jason Hammel      |     2006 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Aaron Harang      |     2002 |     2015 ACES                                    |
Matt Harrison     |     2008 |     2015 ACES                                    |
Rich Hill         |     2005 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Aubrey Huff       |     2000 |     2012 ACES                                    |
Todd Hundley      |     1990 |     2003 Levinsons                               |
Drew Hutchison    |     2012 |     2016 ACES                                    |
Raul Ibanez       |     1996 |     2014 ACES                                    |
Brandon Inge      |     2001 |     2013 ACES                                    |
Casey Janssen     |     2006 |     2015 ACES                                    |
John Jaso         |     2008 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Gregg Jefferies   |     1987 |     2000 Levinsons                               |
Matthew Joyce     |     2008 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Joe Kelly         |     2012 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Josh Kinney       |     2006 |     2012 ACES                                    |
George Kontos     |     2011 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Juan Lagares      |     2013 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Mike Lamb         |     2000 |     2010 Levinsons                               |
Matt Lawton       |     1995 |     2006 Levinsons                               |
Jon Lester        |     2006 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Fred Lewis        |     2006 |     2012 Levinsons                               |
Josh Lindblom     |     2011 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Paul Lo Duca      |     1998 |     2008 Andrew Mongelluzzi                      |
Jeff Locke        |     2011 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
David Lough       |     2012 |     2016 ACES                                    |
Mike Lowell       |     1998 |     2010 ACES                                    |
Julio Lugo        |     2000 |     2011 Dan Lozano                              |
Val Majewski      |     2004 |     2004 Levinsons                               |
Jason Marquis     |     2000 |     2015 ACES                                    |
Fernando Martinez |     2009 |     2013 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Vin Mazzaro       |     2009 |     2016 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Dustin McGowan    |     2005 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Melky Mesa        |     2012 |     2013 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Kevin Millar      |     1998 |     2009 Levinsons                               |
Doug Mirabelli    |     1996 |     2007 Levinsons                               |
Jose Molina       |     1999 |     2014 Octagon                                 |
Jesus Montero     |     2011 |     2015 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Mike Morse        |     2005 |     2017 Levinsons                               |
Jason Motte       |     2008 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Daniel Murphy     |     2008 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Matt Murton       |     2005 |     2009 ACES                                    |
Mike Myers        |     1995 |     2007 Keith Miller,Sam Levinson,Seth Levinson |
David Nied        |     1992 |     1996 Levinsons                               |
Hector Noesi      |     2011 |     2015 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Dan Otero         |     2012 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Adam Ottavino     |     2010 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Jonathan Papelbon |     2005 |     2016 Levinsons                               |
Bobby Parnell     |     2008 |     2016 ACES                                    |
Brad Peacock      |     2011 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Dustin Pedroia    |     2006 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Wily Peralta      |     2012 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Brandon Phillips  |     2002 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Kevin Plawecki    |     2015 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Placido Polanco   |     1998 |     2013 Adam Katz                               |
Jorge Posada      |     1995 |     2011 ACES                                    |
Josh Reddick      |     2009 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Nolan Reimold     |     2009 |     2016 ACES                                    |
Grant Roberts     |     2000 |     2004 Levinsons                               |
Clint Robinson    |     2012 |     2016 ACES                                    |
Scott Rolen       |     1996 |     2012 ACES                                    |
Mackey Sasser     |     1987 |     1995 Levinsons                               |
Zack Segovia      |     2007 |     2009 ACES                                    |
Brian Slocum      |     2006 |     2008 Levinsons                               |
Steven Souza      |     2014 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Mike Stanton      |     1989 |     2007 Levinsons                               |
Kelly Stinnett    |     1994 |     2007 Levinsons                               |
Mike Sweeney      |     1995 |     2010 ACES                                    |
Mitch Talbot      |     2008 |     2011 ACES                                    |
Blake Tekotte     |     2011 |     2013 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Tyler Thornburg   |     2012 |     2016 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Mike Timlin       |     1991 |     2008 Levinsons                               |
Andres Torres     |     2002 |     2013 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Steve Trachsel    |     1993 |     2008 Levinsons                               |
Jordany Valdespin |     2012 |     2015 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Javier Vazquez    |     1998 |     2011 ACES                                    |
Shane Victorino   |     2003 |     2015 ACES                                    |
Jose Vidro        |     1997 |     2008 Levinsons                               |
Fernando Vina     |     1993 |     2004 Levinsons                               |
Zach Walters      |     2013 |     2016 ACES                                    |
Daniel Webb       |     2013 |     2016 ACES                                    |
Rondell White     |     1993 |     2007 Levinsons                               |
Ty Wigginton      |     2002 |     2013 ACES                                    |
Gerald Williams   |     1992 |     2005 Levinsons                               |
Justin Wilson     |     2012 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
Mark Wohlers      |     1991 |     2002 Levinsons                               |
Tony Womack       |     1993 |     2006 Levinsons                               |
Alex Wood         |     2013 |     2017 ACES (Sam Seth Levinson)              |
David Wright      |     2004 |     2016 ACES                                    |
Mike Wright       |     2015 |     2017 ACES                                    |
Anthony Young     |     1991 |     1996 Levinsons                               |
Kevin Young       |     1992 |     2003 Levinsons                               |
Todd Zeile        |     1989 |     2004 Levinsons                               
   12. Sean Forman Posted: February 14, 2018 at 09:05 AM (#5624757)
I couldn't include previous rep column as it was too many characters, but if they don't have ACES listed as a rep they were previously there.
   13. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: February 14, 2018 at 12:15 PM (#5624914)
That's what really sets you apart Sean: not just your attention to detail and love of the game, but your commitment to service.

So who won the contest? I got Albuquerque!
   14. bfan Posted: February 14, 2018 at 12:27 PM (#5624919)
Finally, an agent who does more for their clients than creating fancy power-point presentations with cherry-picked statistics.

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