Jose Fernandez estate’s lawyer says the late Miami Marlins’ pitcher was drugged before death.
The two men’s families that died alongside Fernandez, Eduardo Rivero & Emilio Macias, filed a civil lawsuit against Fernandez’s estate, seeking $2 million in damages.
Ralph Fernandez, the lawyer representing the Fernandez estate (no relation) is saying that the pitcher was drugged as well as framed before the crash that killed the men.
According to the Sun Sentinel, "Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez was framed as part of a shoddy investigation into the crash that claimed his life and the lives of two others in 2016, his estate's lawyer implied in court papers filed Monday. He also may have been the victim of foul play, drugged by an unknown person who went on to steal $15,000 from the pitcher's backpack, according to those documents. Attorney Ralph Fernandez, no relation to the late All Star, accused lead investigators at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission of prematurely reaching the conclusion that Fernandez, 24, was responsible for the crash, and then altering or ignoring evidence that did not support that finding. "Like a house of cards, this whole case is compromised," the attorney wrote. Officials also said Fernandez was high on cocaine at the time, had a blood alcohol content of .14 and was operating his Sea Vee 32-foot center console boat "while impaired," in a "reckless manner, at an extremely high rate of speed" at night where there are jetties. The attorney outlined a theory that someone slipped cocaine into one of the pitcher's drinks in the hours leading up to the crash to make it easy to steal $15,000 that Fernandez was carrying in his backpack to tip Marlins Park employees for their help during the 2016 season. The backpack was recovered, the attorney wrote. The cash was not. Law enforcement never took the idea of "involuntary ingestion" of cocaine seriously, even though there were no signs of drug paraphernalia in the bag or on the boat, the attorney wrote. The attorney also accused FWC of neglecting the possibility that Macias, son of a Miami-Dade Police detective, was operating the vessel until the moment of impact." This case could get very ugly in court.
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According to Complex, Ralph claims that Jose had a backpack with $15,000 in it and was a target for men that wanted to steal it. He also states that Jose and Rivero were the victims of a “mickey of sorts” or a spiked drink to make them disoriented.
At the time of the crash, Jose’s blood-alcohol level was .147 and also had cocaine in his system.
There is still a lot to come in regards to the lawsuit. We will keep you updated as more comes about.
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