SMH @ this guy! Robinson Cano is allegedly doing his best to keep his son’s mother from getting any of his big baseball checks!
Jackelin Castro, who lives in Cano’s Dominican hometown, San Pedro de Macoris, filed papers in a Dominican court in September accusing the 30-year-old free agent-to-be Robinson Cano of grossly underpaying her each month in child support, ESPN reported Thursday.
Castro and the slugger, who made $15 million this season and $58 million in his career for the Bombers, have attempted to reach some kind of arrangement since February. That, she says, is when an attorney representing Cano came to her with a 10-year proposal that required Cano to pay between $500 to $600 a month, according to the report.
The pact outlined Cano’s rights to visit the 3-year-old boy who bears his name, but it also included a confidentiality provision stating that if Castro was in violation, she would be liable for damages of about $47,000.
Castro did not sign the deal, according to the report, but Cano has been making the payments. “The intention of him and his advisers was somewhat to intimidate me,” Castro said.
“His living circumstances, financially, socially and culturally, are very, very far from what the child’s experiencing and gets,” Castro seethed.
“It’s a very large gap. What hurts me most (is) he shows the world that he helps children. That he’s a good person, he’s very humane. So with something of his own, he may trick the world and everybody who sees him because he’s the big star that he is. But there’s a reality, which is a son who doesn’t (receive) the quality of life he’s supposed to.”
Castro says Cano began making $500 monthly payments after Robinson Miguel Cano Castro was born in 2010, and that those payments increased to $600 in May. But she insists the payments are sometimes delivered in haphazard fashion. She said she could go two months without seeing a dime and then receive a lump sum covering two months of payments.
Cano, who reportedly will be seeking a contract in the neighborhood of $305 million over 10 years, could not be reached for comment. The Yankees declined to discuss the matter.
But Cano issued a statement through his publicist that said in part that he has “gone above and beyond to care for my child including an agreed upon monthly stipend, a house, a car, insurance, school and other essentials for the baby and his mother as well as many other things, including toys and clothing.
“This is a private matter and I will not fight it in the media, nor will I say anything disparaging about the mother of my child or comment any further. I look forward to an amicable resolution that will allow me time with my son.”
Major League Baseball’s security department was drawn into the matter after reps for Castro contacted the Yankees and let Cano know they were prepared to go public with the accusations if a resolution was not forthcoming.
MLB’s investigators looked into the matter and determined that there was no extortion or other crime involved, as far as they were concerned, and are not currently treating the situation as an active matter.
Earlier this year, just after the baseball season began, Cano told the Daily News how happy he was being a father, and that his son was already showing signs of becoming a fearsome slugger.
“Hopefully, he’ll be better than me. It’s hard because he’s not here,” Cano, who lives in New Jersey, said then. “You wish he was here so you could spend time with him. At the same time, he’s taken care of by his mom in the D.R.”
Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long, who coached Cano for several years in the minors and who went to the Dominican Republic one winter to work with Cano on his swing, called the superstar a “terrific” father.
We realize that $500 probably goes a little bit further in D.R. but still… this is ridiculous! Downright disgusting. Who would deprive their own child from living well when they can afford to provide above and beyond?