A-Rod's choice: Pay lawyers or secrets come out

A-Rod's choice: Pay lawyers or secrets come out
March 22, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Whatever Alex Rodriguez is up to these days, one thing he apparently hasn’t been doing is writing checks to his lawyers. The New York Daily News reported earlier this week that the suspended New York Yankees third baseman owes about $3 million to his legal representatives from his fight against Major League Baseball’s ban for use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The thing is, A-Rod apparently will have to pay or face having some ugly truths revealed.

“If he resists paying, he will pay anyway and he will suffer,” a source told the Daily News. “If he forces people to prove he owes them money, the issues that he discussed with his attorneys will be made public — and Alex doesn’t want people telling the truth.”

The Daily News’ legal analyst, Tom Harvey, wrote that Rodriguez would open the door to letting private conversations become unlocked if he were to contest the fees.

Rodriguez could “raise a defense such as legal malpractice. Problem with that is once he starts [to raise] the mistakes his attorneys may have made, the attorney-client privilege likely evaporates. Indeed, courts have held that a defendant waives attorney-client privilege by placing the subject matter of his attorney’s advice into issue.”

Sounds like A-Rod had better loosen up his wrist for some check-writing.