There’s something of a curious item in today’s New York Daily News, in which we’re told of Spencer Lader– a sports memorabilia dealer who is being sued by ex-client, and Jays legend, Carlos Delgado. He’s also a man who believes he has a right to know whether or not Delgado used performance enhancing drugs during his career– which, he says, would constitute misrepresentation in their business dealings– and is willing to have Jose Reyes subpoenaed in order to find out.
Or perhaps to make Delgado uncomfortable enough to drop the suit. Or, at the very least, to tarnish Delgado’s name in the process, and strain the relationship between Reyes and the man who he says is like a father to him.
Y’know, just some everyday, fun, lawyerly stuff.
From the Daily News:
Lader and other defendants in the case want Reyes, now with the Blue Jays, to tell them under oath what he knows about Delgado’s relationship with Anthony Galea, the controversial Toronto sports medicine doctor — and human growth hormone proponent — who pleaded guilty in July 2011 to transporting misbranded and unapproved drugs into the United States.
“I’m not saying Delgado used steroids, but I do have a right to know if he did,” Lader says. “We thought his name had commercial value, but everybody knows players linked to steroids have no commercial value.”
And… so… you’re going to link him to steroids yourself? Or, better still, get his good friend to do it for you? Because maybe I’m just biased from living in a part of the world where King Carlos can do no wrong, but I don’t think there’s ever been a whole lot of suspicion about him, apart from the fact that he was a slugger in the Steroid Era, and, I suppose, the Galea stuff.
I can’t exactly sit here and claim that I get it. Gotta win the suit against you by any means necessary, I guess. And hey, apparently Delgado was “difficult to work with,” because “his signature was ‘virtually invisible’ on blue Mets caps because he used a black pen,” among other atrocities committed. So… fuck him?
More from the article:
“The essence of the information sought from Mr. Reyes in the subpoena directed to him relates to the use of steroids or human growth hormones or performance-enhancing drugs by the plaintiff, Carlos Delgado, by way of documents and testimony that Mr. Reyes is likely to provide,” court papers filed by [Lader's attorney, Robert] McKay earlier this month.
Delgado’s lawyer, Michael Re, has tried to have the subpoena quashed. An attorney from Re’s firm, Moritt, Hock and Hamroff, said he could not comment on the litigation.
Justice Timothy Driscoll, according to McKay, said at a hearing last week that he is inclined to permit Lader’s lawyer to depose Reyes, but he would defer his decision until after Delgado is deposed. McKay said he expects to question Delgado sometime next month.
Well that’s something. Maybe. There’s definitely the possibility that this case gets interesting– or maybe even makes for one awkward ceremony this summer, when Delgado takes to the field at Rogers Centre to have his name placed on the Jays’ Level Of Excellence. If for no other reasons than that, plus the fact that there’s sweet fuck all to talk about at this point on the calendar, we’ll keep watching the story. Don’t think I’ll hold my breath for any major revelations, though.
Crotch grab in the direction of @ERZEN for the heads up.