MLB Players Association Swipes Back at Bad Bunny’s Sports Agency, Says Players Offered Improper Inducements

MLB Players Association takes a swipe at Bad Bunny's Sports agency
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MLB Players Association takes a swipe at Bad Bunny's Sports agency
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The Major League Baseball Players Association takes a swipe at Bad Bunny’s sports agency, alleging players were offered improper inducements.

Bad Bunny’s sports firm Rimas Sports, founded in 2021 with the goal of representing Latin players, sued the Major League Baseball Players Association in US District Court in San Juan last month. The lawsuit alleges the union had violated Puerto Rico’s general tort claim and accusing them of tortious interference with its player contracts.

Now, the MLB Players Association is hitting back with allegations that the sports representation firm provided improper inducements to “dozens of players,” which led to a fine and an agent getting banned.

The MLB Players Association issued a notice of discipline to Rimas Sports agents William Arroyo, Noah Assad, and Jonathan Miranda on April 10, fining them $400,000 for misconduct. Arroyo, who was an agent certified by the association to represent players, was decertified, while Assad and Miranda were told they could not apply for certification.

Although the notice of discipline was filed under seal with the court, portions were quoted in union legal papers asking the court to deny Rimas’ request for a preliminary injunction.

The union said the notice outlines a series of “grave violations of the regulations, including providing and promising improper inducements to dozens of players, providing and promising loans to players not represented by Rimas, using uncertified individuals to perform work reserved only for player agents and failing to properly ensure Rimas’ employees compliance with the regulations.”

Further, the union alleged that Rimas agents were “offering and providing gifts to players they did not represent” including VIP tickets to Bad Bunny concerts and suite access to a Phoenix Suns game.

The union said that agents also violated regulations by “providing, causing to be provided, or promising to provide, money and/or other things of value to players for the purpose of inducing or encouraging players to use their services as agents.”

Rimas Sports has declined to comment, spokeswoman María de Lourdes Martínez told the Associated Press.