Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and a former personal assistant settled a lawsuit that alleged the aide was fired after being bitten by one of his boss’s dogs, court papers obtained Tuesday show.
Terms of the settlement stemming from Alexander Witmer’s lawsuit were not divulged.
Witmer sued May 27, alleging breach of contract, retaliation and negligence. The suit also named Darvish’s sports agent, Don Nomura; Nomura’s company, KDN Management Inc.; and KDN Vice President Yoshi Hoshino.
Witmer and KDN Management signed an agreement in August 2014 for the plaintiff to be Darvish’s personal assistant with duties that included taking care of the 29-year-old right-handed pitcher’s animals, which included three dogs and three birds, according to the lawsuit.
The next month, while tending to the animals, one of the dogs jumped up and bit Witmer on one cheek and on the right side of his upper lip, according to his court papers, which say he was treated for the injuries at a hospital.
Witmer alleged he was fired by Hoshino in October 2014 as a result of the dog bite incident.
A lawyer for Witmer told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller on Oct. 13 that the case was resolved.
—City News Service
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