On the same day that Aroldis Chapman threw for teams in Houston, his former agent sued the player’s new agents in a Massachusetts court. Here is the press release:
This morning, Athletes Premier International filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts state court against Hendricks Sports Management LP for tortiously interfering in Athletes Premier’s representation of Aroldis Chapman. Aroldis Chapman is a twenty-one year old Cuban expatriate and a highly sought-after baseball prospect. Athletes Premier began representing Chapman soon after his defection from the Cuban National baseball team on July 1, 2007 in the Netherlands. Athletes Premier incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses as the agency worked tirelessly to help Chapman begin his career in professional baseball.
“Athletes Premier International performed extraordinary, unprecedented services on Aroldis’ behalf, assisting him to overcome the many legal and logistical obstacles on his path to professional baseball. We were shocked to discover the tactics employed by Hendricks Sports Management to induce Aroldis to breach his contract with Athletes Premier and sign with Hendricks Sports Management,” says Edwin Meija, President of Athletes Premier International, “We have found evidence that an employee of Hendricks Sports Management, acting in concert with one of its clients, contacted Mr. Chapman with the intention of inducing him to breach his contract with Athletes Premier and sign with Hendricks. We look forward to presenting our evidence to the court at the earliest opportunity. We are confident that this evidence will prove the substantial damages caused by Hendricks Sports Management’s unlawful interference with our representation of Aroldis Chapman.”
Through Athletes Premier’s expertise, Chapman was able to establish residency in the country of Andorra, apply for and secure his OFAC license from the United States Treasury, and be declared a free agent by Major League Baseball – all in a period of less than two months.
Athletes Premier procured a visa for Chapman to enter the United States and represented him in negotiations with several Major League Baseball clubs, all with the intention of securing him a Major League contract. Prior to his decision to break with this agency, Athletes Premier had received a written offer from one club and interest in continuing discussions from several others. In addition, Athletes Premier held discussions with several companies interested in signing Chapman to endorse their product or service.
At no time did Aroldis Chapman express anything but gratitude and satisfaction with our representation, and his decision to terminate our agreement was due to the improper and unlawful influence of Hendricks Sports Management and not the quality of representation provided to him by Athletes Premier.
Athletes Premier seeks to recover the expenses incurred while assisting our client and the lost potential revenue from the professional contract Chapman was expected to sign with a major league team, as well as damages to the name and reputation of this agency due to the actions of Hendricks Sports Management.