A lawsuit has reportedly been filed in the New York Supreme Court alleging that former agent, Juan Carlos Nunez, was forced by his employer, ACES, to recruit or retain clients by doing "whatever it took," including secretly paying players under the table or providing them with performance-enhancing drugs, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
According to the report, Nunez's orders came directly from ACES owners Sam and Seth Levinson, who remain in charge of the agency. ACES - located in Brooklyn, N.Y. - represents MLB players such as Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, and David Wright.
The Levinson brothers were previously exonerated by the MLBPA for their role in the Biogenesis scandal on the basis that no evidence of misconduct was found.
Nunez is seeking $2 million in unpaid commissions and $500,000 in fees and expenses. The lawsuit alleges that the Levinsons would "take care of" Nunez for being the fall-guy for a systemic scheme that involved the entire agency and not just him as a rogue.
Nunez previously pleaded guilty in Miami federal court to conspiracy to distribute testosterone in 2014 and was embroiled in the Biogenesis scandal by steering clients to Anthony Bosch's clinic from late-2010 until June 2012. Nunez was banned by Major League Baseball as a result, convicted on felony charges, and spent time in federal prison.
ACES hired Nunez as an independent contractor in 2006 for the purposes of identifying and recruiting potential MLB clients, with an emphasis in Latin America. Nunez would receive a finder's fee if he successfully recruited a player to the agency.
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