Toronto Blue Jays Rumors: Edwin Encarnacion STD Lawsuit 'Meritless,' According To Agent [VIDEO]
Edwin Encarnacion's agent is going to bat for the slugger.
A family friend brought charges against the Blue Jays designated-hitter, claiming he purposely didn't disclose that he had STDs when he had unprotected sex with her.
Now, the unidentified woman is seeking north of $11.5 million from Encarnacion and claims he purposely withheld the information from her.
Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, has fired back against the accusations, labeling them "completely inappropriate and meritless."
"[Encarnacion] will take every legal measure to defend himself against this frivolous claim and will bring appropriate claims in the appropriate forums against all of the individuals seeking to exploit his financial position," Kinzer said in a statement Tuesday, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The allegations from the 24-year-old family friend include battery and misrepresentation of the facts against the 33-year-old slugger.
She alleges she had unprotected sex with Encarnacion in Punta Cana back in February and that she was clean of STDs when she was tested two months prior to the hook-up at Planned Parenthood, according to The Score.
The woman, who reportedly hooked up with another Blue Jays player, claimed she felt sick two days after sleeping with Encarnacion and after visiting the doctor, she discovered she had two STDs, according to a report by TMZ Sports.
Via the report, the Blue Jays star denied he had any diseases and suggested the woman may have contacted them when they went four-wheeling or when she swam in the river. He then began to ignore her altogether after changing his stance as being STD-free, the woman alleges.
Kinzer said his client will not be speaking about the suit, which he called a personal attack.
"This is an unacceptable attack on his exceptional character and stellar reputation within the baseball community as a man who carries himself with the highest level of integrity," Kinzer said. "Mr. Encarnacion will not be commenting on this matter. He will not allow this to distract from his continued focus of contributing to his team's success. We kindly ask that his privacy be requested."
Despite the off-field distractions, Encarnacion is having a strong year for Toronto. The DH ranks first in the AL with 101 RBIs, second with 35 homers and fourth with a .555 slugging percentage in his final season before hitting free agency.
The Blue Jays (70-54) are right in the midst of a pennant race as they enter Tuesday tied with the Red Sox (70-54) for first place in the AL East.
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