PORT ST. LUCIE — Jeurys Familia was caught off guard Tuesday morning by the news his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, were being sued by a man who claimed they basically employed him to procure PEDs for their clients.
The Mets reliever said he knew of the man, Juan Carlos Nunez — who filed the bombshell complaint on Monday — but said he never received any type of PEDs or “help” from him.
“I just know of him because I have been with that company for almost 10 years now,” Familia said, “But no, I don’t get anything from him. I don’t know anyone who did. I don’t know anything about it. I can’t say anything.”
Familia is one of several ACES clients in the Mets clubhouse. The Brooklyn-based agency also represents Mets captain David Wright, outfielder Juan Lagares and catcher Kevin Plawecki, who said he had just heard about the case secondhand Tuesday morning in the clubhouse.
Plawecki said he has never met Nunez and didn’t want to comment on his agents or the suit.
Wright was not available for comment Tuesday.
The lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court alleges that after Nunez signed a contract to work for ACES beginning in 2006, and he “was told that he had to do ‘whatever it took’ to recruit and retain players as ACES clients.”
“Plaintiff came to learn that ‘whatever it took’ meant violating criminal law in addition to the rules of Major League Baseball, as well as the Players’ Union, including by making under-the-table payments to players and their friends and family, helping players obtain and use performance-enhancing drugs to get bigger contracts and ultimately engaging in an elaborate coverup to hide the misconduct from MLB and its Players’ Union,” the complaint reads.
It’s not the first time that Nunez’s name has been linked to controversy. In 2012, the Daily News first reported that Nunez helped former Yankee and ACES client Melky Cabrera develop a phony website for a product that Cabrera claimed caused him to test positive for elevated levels of synthetic testosterone.
Playing for the Giants that season, Cabrera — who was having an MVP-caliber season at the time — ended up with a 50-game doping suspension.
Nunez was banned by Major League Baseball from dealing with its 30 clubs. The Levinsons denied any involvement with the fake website then, and they said Nunez was a “paid consultant.”
The union said it would censure the Levinsons after an investigation into the matter, but the two brothers escaped the more serious punishment of losing their certification.
Nunez was also one of the key figures at the center of Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch’s PED scandal, ultimately one of several defendants in the federal case. He ended up pleading guilty to conspiracy and in 2015 was sentenced to three months in jail for his role.
With CHRISTIAN RED
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