MLB Catcher Sued by Friend

Dec 27, 2011 - LegalZoom News Source
Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli recently had a lawsuit filed against him by a childhood friend.

The Texas Rangers' catcher Mike Napoli recently had a lawsuit filed against him by a childhood friend who alleges the athlete backed out of a business deal.

According to TMZ, Napoli allegedly agreed to appearing at his friend Willie McCoy's Florida sports memorabilia shop as a promotional event for his store, but Napoli failed to show up, resulting in McCoy losing thousands of dollars.

Napoli and McCoy had been friends since they were seven years old, but McCoy filing the lawsuit has caused a rift between the two, TMZ reported.

According to the legal documents obtained by TMZ, McCoy's business has been "financially crippled" since Napoli failed to show up to the event McCoy spent more than $4,000 on. The store owner said that he didn't have enough cash to stock his store with merchandise for the holiday season and spent the $4,000 on promotional material and baseballs for Napoli to sign.

The Texas Rangers made it to the 2011 World Series, but were defeated in game seven by the St. Louis Cardinals.