ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme Court in Kings County. If Nuñez’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably from the court case featuring Anthony Bosch, who distributed performance-enhancing drugs to players—he was linked most notably to Alex Rodriguez—at his Biogenesis of America clinic and was sentenced to four years in prison after falsely posing as a doctor. Nuñez referred several players to Biogenesis and, as a result, was sentenced to three months in prison in 2015 after pleading guilty to his role in the drug ring. If not that, you might remember him for setting up a fake website selling a topical cream that supposedly caused client Melky Cabrera to test positive for synthetic testosterone back in 2012. That weird scam—trying to trick MLB into believing that Cabrera had ordered the cream from the phony site and falsely believed it to be safe—ultimately led to Nuñez being banished from MLB. Nuñez’s lawsuit claims that he “pleaded guilty to his role in [ACES’] scheme and has already paid his debt to society” and “can no longer stand silent while [they] continue to reap the benefits while evading responsibility for their misconduct.” Nunez was hired by ACES in 2006 to sign players out of the Dominican Republic, with a contract stipulating that he would get 25 percent of his clients’ agent fees from their major-league earnings. He claims in the lawsuit that he was then pushed to violate league and union rules to get and retain clients.
Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs
Deadspin | Feb 13