Cardinals Pitcher Carlos Martinez Sued Over STD Allegations
May 02, 2016 06:47 AM EDT
A woman is suing professional baseball pitcher Carlos Martinez over allegations that the athlete contracted her sexually transmitted diseases. She claims that Martinez lied to him of being cleared from STDs, hence the lawsuit filed in a district court in Miami.
The plaintiff claimed she and Martinez started dating back in the year 2012, which became an on-and off relationship, according TMZ. Her lawsuit stated she and the 24-year old Dominican baseball pitcher contacted each other again on the 16th of December and had sex. A couple of days later, the woman claimed she suddenly became ill and was later diagnosed with multiple STDs.
According to the woman, she had "grilled" on Martinez regarding his sexual health before they hooked up and he "swore to God that he was not infected with any sexually transmitted disease." She reportedly told Martinez about her condition. However, the athlete took on a flight to Dominican Republican and never contacted her back.
The team's general manager, John Mozeliak, said Martinez was granted permission to leave the team on Friday for him to take care of the said lawsuit case, ESPN reported. "We are just learning of this matter. I was notified by Carlos' agent the other night. We will not be in a position to act until we have more information," Mozeliak stated on Saturday.
The professional baseball player, who was holding the record of 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA was present at the stadium on Saturday; however, he was not seen from the team's clubhouse because of the said matter. Despite the legal proceeding, it will not affect his Sunday schedule.
The woman is suing Martinez for battery and transmission of sexual transmitted disease, CBS Sports reported. She is also seeking $1.5 million for damages from Martinez, who earned $539,000 as a pre-arbitration player for the current season, $520,000 last season and $505,000 as a rookie back in 2014.
The Cardinals have not heard from representatives of Major League Baseball but were gathering facts to determine whether any of the allegations made by the woman who filed the civil suit could trigger an investigation under the league's domestic violence rules.