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Saturday, March 22, 2014

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

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.

...until you head over to Baseball Reference and see that one of ARod’s former agents is “Scott Boras”.  Then the constant character assasination by Heyman makes perfect sense.

TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember Posted: March 22, 2014 at 03:22 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: March 22, 2014 at 05:04 PM (#4675438)
I'm confused, how on earth can A-Rod's lawyers even feel entitled to payment after the crap effort they put in?
   2. Lars6788 Posted: March 22, 2014 at 05:11 PM (#4675442)
As noted, Heyman works for Boras / end thread.
   3. Stormy JE Posted: March 22, 2014 at 05:41 PM (#4675451)
...until you head over to Baseball Reference and see that one of ARod’s former agents is “Scott Boras”. Then the constant character assasination by Heyman makes perfect sense.

Just to be clear: This comment comes from TDF, not Calcaterra.
   4. TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember Posted: March 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM (#4675539)
Yea, sorry about that. Never screwed up a blockquote intro before.

But really, it gets old. Time and again, Heyman writes puff pieces about Boras clients. Now it seems he's also more than happy to attack his former clients.
   5. Stormy JE Posted: March 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM (#4675559)
Time and again, Heyman writes puff pieces about Boras clients. Now it seems he's also more than happy to attack his former clients.

In fairness, someone other than Boras probably passed along this tip.
   6. Zach Posted: March 23, 2014 at 01:28 AM (#4675585)
What a nothing story.

1) How do I know who to side with in a dispute between Arod and his lawyers? I can't see the bill. I don't know what they agreed to.
2) Nobody will say on the record that there is a dispute.
3) If a freaking law firm believes it's being stiffed, they can freaking sue somebody without my moral support.
   7. Sunday silence Posted: March 23, 2014 at 03:58 AM (#4675595)
I know, right? Is there anyone that doesnt realize how these high profile lawyers work?

They obviously charge huge fees payable in advance to cover themselves in the event the client doesnt pay his final bill. Which as everyone knows happens 99% of the time when the case is over.

Of course it's hard to blame the client, since no doubt while the case is going on these firms will typically stick every junior partner, paralegal, clerk etc. on the case in order to maximize the number of billable hours. And of course while the media circus is going on the last thing the client is going to do is to review the bills to see what exactly "Tele. w/ media concerning coverage;" or "review file history" means.

So naturally when this dog and pony show is over, no one is going to just fork over another million dollars to these guys, for mega hours, without reviewing the bill and/or negotiating a reasonable compromise ("I'm going to write down a number and then you look at it: Zero").

Of course ARod himself appears to be a goof, and the team representing him played right into this with their legal strategy of taking their ball and going home like the leader of Animal House. It's hard to imagine serious lawyers doing that. I dont know ARod have never met the guy but that's the only conclusion I can come to based on how stupid the whole thing was.
   8. TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember Posted: March 23, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4675852)
In fairness, someone other than Boras probably passed along this tip.
The fact that ARod wasn't paying was originally reported by the Daily News; it didn't originate with Heyman.

But the fact ("ARod won't pay his bills") isn't the issue with Calcaterra or me; it's the tone of the entire article. Heyman couldn't just report that, he had to once again drone on and on about ARod being the worst human since Vlad the Impaler.

Of all of the reporting on ARod, Heyman's has been the most stident about purely evil ARod is. That is his sacrifice to the altar of Scott Boras.

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