Joe West filed a $ 500,000 defamation lawsuit against former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca
A rare victory for Joe West.
The disputed veteran umpire has been awarded $ 500,000 recently after former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca was sued in a defamation case stemming from a story shared by Lo Duca in 2019.
The story alleges that former pitcher Billy Wagner, a former member of the Lo Duc team, bribed West, offering West the opportunity to ride around a vintage car in exchange for a wider strike site. The West, of course, passionately denies that this happened and for good reason.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale he adds that Lo Duca and Wagner were teammates between 2006 and 2007, with West making only one referee in the stretch. Wagner didn’t make a pitch in that game.
West feels part of the reason he defends his honor is that he has opted to be elected to the Hall of Fame at times, and the vicious stories around him may hinder that opportunity.
West provided $ 250,000 in compensation and another $ 250,000 to maintain a PR company, according to USA Today.
West is on pace to referee the most MLB game in 2021 history.