When the Wealthy Won’t Pay Their Rent — Major League Baseball Edition

Renting an apartment is a business transaction, and the story below is about the consumer side of the transaction. In most business ethics issues, the seller — the company — is the powerful one, and the consumer is the one in need of protection. In this case, it’s the other way around.


LINK: Blue Jays player, coach refuse to pay rent for Toronto condos blaming COVID-19 (by John Lancaster for CBC)

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Ryan “Rowdy” Tellez and first base coach Mark Budzinski are accused of leaving a pair of Toronto landlords on the hook for thousands of dollars in unpaid rents after signing leases for downtown Toronto condos.

Both men say since the COVID-19 pandemic has suspended the Major League Baseball season and because they’re currently living in the U.S., they shouldn’t have to pay their rent in Toronto.

Tellez, who was paid an $850,000 US signing bonus when he was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2013, and has made hundreds of thousands more playing pro baseball, hasn’t paid his $4,100 monthly rent payment since March, said his landlord Linda Pinizzotto…..

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