Pitcher Noah Syndergaard Is Suing His Landlord Over Dispute on a New York City Apartment

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Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is accusing his landlord of attempting to extort him for $250,000. Syndergaard is currently rehabbing in Florida after getting Tommy John surgery this offseason. SI's Madelyn Burke has more on Syndergaard and the landlord who is seeking $250,000 from the pitcher for breach of contract and compensation for litigation expenses. 

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Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard has responded after being sued for defaulting on a lease on a $27,000 per month Manhattan Penthouse.

The Pitcher tweeted a statement Saturday night, saying that he quote “fairly and in good faith offered to pay 2 months rent (over $50K) to a landlord for a place I was never going to step foot in due to a global pandemic that took a severe toll upon the residents of NYC, gave timely notice to attempt to try and re-rent, while getting Tommy John (sic) surgery and living in Florida for rehab, and the landlord tries to extort me for 250K while leaking the story to the media, and I’m the bad guy?”

The lease was approved in February, and supposed to begin on March 20, 2020, expiring November 30 of the same year. According to the complaint filed Thursday, Syndergaard “treated the binding lease like an option” as he neither moved into the apartment nor did he pay any rent for the place.

The landlord is seeking at least $250,000 for breach of contract, and compensation for "attorneys fees, costs, and other expenses of litigation."