The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Major League Baseball Players Union Goes After Hooker to Get Denny Neagle's 40 Bucks Back
Originally posted 12/13/2004

Above: Denny Neagle, who decided Jill Russell (inset) was worth all this trouble
NEW YORK - The Major League Baseball Players Union announced this week that it will aggressively pursue the matter of getting back Colorado Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle's 40 bucks, which he paid a Denver woman for sexual services early last Friday. Neagle was subsequently arrested for solicitation and had his contract terminated by the Rockies. "Denny didn't pay her to end up getting arrested, that's for sure," said MLBPA director Donald Fehr.

After Neagle was pulled over by police, the woman -- identified as Jill Russell, 40 -- revealed that he had paid her $40 for oral sex. "We at the Players Union must represent the financial concerns of our members above all else," said New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine, a longtime union leader. "Denny obviously didn't get the hassle-free BJ he'd paid for, so, allowing the hooker to keep the money is a clear violation of union protocol."

Neagle is owed $19 million over the remaining two years of his contract, though the Rockies may try to recoup the money by claming that Neagle, with the solicitation arrest and a drunk driving incident in October 2003 of last year, violated a standard morals clause in his contract, but they have not expressed optimism that they will be successful. "We'd love to get all that money back," said Rockies CEO Charlie Monfort said, "but, we really don't want to mess with the Players Union. We had a guy here back in '97 who messed with the Players Union, and, they... they... I'm sorry, I thought I was ready to talk about this. If you'll excuse me --"

"At first, I thought I just wanted to put this behind me and move on with my life," Neagle, who is married with a four-year-old son and two-month-old twins, said. "But, some guys from the Players Union -- Rocco and Louie the Fist, I think their names were -- sat me down and, after a couple of hours, we agreed that the only important thing in my life right now is getting my 40 bucks back."

"We at the MLBPA think this is a matter of incredible importance," Fehr said. "We can't worry about thinks like whether a protracted legal battle over $40 will adversely affect Denny Neagle's family and, consequently, the rest of his entire life. There's money at stake here. Sweet, beautiful money..."

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