Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has filed a lawsuit alleging a jeweler in California sold him fake jewelry, according to a report from The Boston Globe.
Fraud and breach of contract are among the accusations Ortiz has lodged against Randy Hamida and Randy Men's Wear, Ltd. Inc, the report says.
The lawsuit alleges that Hamida travels to cities with MLB teams "to stalk players at their hotels in an attempt to peddle his jewelry.”
Ortiz reportedly purchased the items for $127,000 in 2010. From the report:
Ortiz, who like many prominent athletes wears expensive jewelry and accessories, is accusing Randy Hamida of Anaheim, Calif., as well as Randy’s Mens Wear, Ltd. Inc., of fraud, breach of contract, and other violations stemming from a 2010 purchase. The man known as Big Papi thought he had bought a Breitling watch with diamonds and white and yellow gold, a diamond bracelet, and a set of black diamond earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet, according to a civil suit filed in Middlesex Superior Court on Thursday .
But when Ortiz had the jewelry appraised, he found it was “imitation or low-quality metal and gemstones,” the suit alleges.
Ortiz's attorney told the paper that filing a lawsuit was a "last resort" for Ortiz.
The lawsuit says Hamida initially tried not to speak with Ortiz after the nine-time All-Star realized the jewelry was of lower quality, but that Hamida later admitted the jewelry was "of a lesser value than he represented" and promised to fully refund Ortiz and return a necklace to him, according to the report.
Ortiz, 38, just finished his 18th season in the league.