Pulling out of “Celebrity Apprentice” because of his father’s bad health is not Jose Canseco’s only problem this week. (His father actually died of cancer in March but the programs were obviously filmed earlier). It has emerged that Jose is to be sued for breach of contract after he made an unsuccessful attempt to have his twin brother stand in for him in a boxing bout.
The Hollywood Boxing Federation President, Damon Feldman, has claimed that the MLB fighter owes him $5,000 in a salary advance for a celebrity boxing match at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL., which was scheduled for March 26 this year.
It was canceled at the last minute and it has been reported that the reason for the cancellation was that Jose had sent his twin brother, Ozzie, to fight instead of him. The excuse was Jose’s depression at the death of his father. Jose refused to leave his dressing room and instead sent Ozzie.
Feldman’s attorney, Bryan Konoski, has confirmed that their client has filed a lawsuit. The minimum amount of damages claimed is thought to be of $6,500, made up of the $5,000 advance and an additional $1,500 for travel and expenses. He has also not ruled out a claim for further damages. However, the case is thought to be most likely headed for municipal court, with a $10,000 limit.
The paperwork is currently being prepared and the lawsuit should be filed within the next couple of days.
Jose is unrepentant, prepared to take a lie detector test on the strength of his claim that the agreement was always that Ozzie would be the one to fight.