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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

MLB umpire Joe West suing former All-Star Paul Lo Duca for claiming he took bribes

Major League Baseball umpire Joe West is suing Paul Lo Duca for defamation over comments the former catcher made on a podcast in May, asserting that a teammate used to bribe the umpire by letting him borrow his vintage car.

Lo Duca told a story about a game during his time with the Mets in 2006 or 2007, when after an easy ninth inning, closer Billy Wagner told Lo Duca that he would lend West his 1957 Chevrolet to get a more favorable strike zone.

Lo Duca recalled Wagner saying: “Joe loves antique cars so every time he comes into town I lend him my ’57 Chevy so he can drive it around so then he opens up the strike zone for me.”

The complaint, filed Tuesday in New York, denies that Wagner ever lent West a car and points out that no such game ever occurred.

Not the most common of lawsuits, is it?

QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:14 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: billy wagner, bribery, joe west, paul lo duca

 

 

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