A farmer who accused Chicago White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe of shooting him during an altercation last year received a payment from the major leaguer as part of a settlement ending legal action against him, a lawyer for Uribe said Monday.
“The complainant dropped the charges and recognized that Juan was not involved in the incident,” lawyer Maria Luisa Guzman told The Associated Press. She did not reveal the amount of the payment but another person involved in the case said Uribe paid $25,500.
Uribe maintained his innocence, suggesting he was falsely accused because he is well known in his native Dominican Republic. He said messengers were sent to his house demanding more than $900,000 before the figure dropped to below $10,000.