Lawsuit: Marlins Pitcher Renyel Pinto Owes $922K For Unpaid Jewelry, UPDATED
|This is what Renyel Pinto thinks of your jewelry bill.|
Cooper City's aptly-named Major League Jewelers has filed suit against the Venezuelan pitcher, claiming that he failed to pay an 18-month-old $230,500 bling bill. Under Florida statute that increases damages in cases of civil theft, the jeweler is demanding $922,000-- just a touch under Pinto's 2010 salary of 1.075 million.
The rotund, bird-flippin', Ed-Hardy-lovin' reliever, who was arrested last December for ignoring a court date stemming from a driving infraction and is currently on the disabled list, might be Miami's most deadbeat athlete this side of Rumeal Robinson.
The company, Coral Springs-based Pro-Management Resources, cleaned out his Northern Trust Bank of Florida account-- which contained only $166.87, according to court records-- and is garnishing his Marlins' wages this season.
The jewelry spree that has now Pinto in hot water came on October 29, 2008, when he bought a total of eleven pieces including a $50,000 watch, a $52,000 chain and a $45,000 bracelet, all in yellow diamond. Major League Jewelers, whose celebrity Rolodex includes Shaquille O'neal, Dwyane Wade, C.C. Sabathia, Johan Santana and 50 Cent, also comped Pinto a $17,500 bracelet.
|We're guessing there was a diamond Jesus head involved.|
Pinto is due in Miami-Dade court this morning. We'll let you know if he's appropriately custom-fitted and iced-out.
Update: Major League Jewelers has dropped the accusations of civil theft, but Pinto is still on the hook for the jewelry bill, according to new filings.
"Labeling this a theft was defamatory," says Pinto's attorney George M. Evans. "Mr Pinto is in the process of resolving this."