If you follow AB4AR's Facebook page, and you damn well should be if you aren't, then you probably saw my comment on the whole Christian Lopez saga on Monday. In my opinion, it never should have been a talking point for anybody to begin with. The guys did what any REAL fan would do, give the ball back to the person who deserves it and not turn the whole situation into a bargaining/auctioning drawn out mess. Then the whole tax situation on the gifts he received from the Yankees came up and everybody was up in arms again. Well this should help finally put this thing to rest.
"Miller High Life issued a statement Wednesday saying that the company would cover Lopez's tax bill....
Lopez will receive five percent of the entire chain's [Modell's] Yankees merchandise sales for one week. Both Modell and Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports, guaranteed Lopez at least $25,000 each....
In addition, Topps will produce a trading card featuring Lopez that will be included in sets later this year. Company vice president for sports Mark Sapir says Topps employees were impressed by Lopez's selfless act. Sapir says Topps also will have Lopez choose the image for its 2012 Derek Jeter card." (courtesy of Fraud Sawx fans.com)
So there you have it. The guy is going to have the taxes on all his swag covered and he's getting even more money and his own baseball card. What I said was correct all along. Lopez did the right thing and he has been handsomely rewarded for it. That's how it should happen. And do you know how I know that? Because I'm a selfish dick who never does the right thing and I've never had offers from companies to pay my taxes or make a baseball card honoring me. It's pretty simple.
Case closed on this non story. Let's get back to baseball.
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