Joe West awarded $500,000 in defamation suit against former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca

A unusual earn for Joe West.

The controversial veteran umpire was lately awarded $500,000 right after efficiently suing previous MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca in a defamation situation stemming from a Lo Duca-shared tale in 2019.

The tale alleged that previous pitcher Billy Wagner, a previous teammate of Lo Duca, had bribed West, supplying West a opportunity to generate all-around a vintage motor vehicle in exchange for a widened strike zone. West, obviously, vehemently denies this possessing taken spot, and with excellent cause.

United states of america Today’s Bob Nightengale provides that Lo Duca and Wagner were being teammates concerning 2006 and 2007, with West acting as household plate umpire just at the time through that span. Wagner had not pitched in that video game.

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Component of the cause that West is defending his honor is that he feels he has a shot at becoming elected into the Hall of Fame at some issue down the line, and sordid tales all-around him may well hinder that risk.

West was award $250,000 for damages and one more $250,000 to keep a PR company, for each the United states of america These days.

West is on speed to umpire the most game titles in MLB record in 2021.