This season, during a particularly bad stretch for the Phillies and Ryan Howard, a frustrated Howard asked reporters, “Would you like to switch places? You want to see what it’s like?” Howard got completely skewered for these comments, with the response basically being “yes, I would like to trade places so I can make $25 million to play baseball.” But during all of Howard’s frustration, there was something else going on: he was being sued by his brother.
According to court documents obtained by David Murphy, Ryan’s twin brother, Corey, sued Ryan for over $2 million for breach of contract. It all stemmed from Corey’s role with Ryan’s RJH Enterprises LLC, the company Howard and his family created to market Ryan and further his earning potential*, but one that was merely a means for Howard’s family members to make a lot of money for doing a whole lot of nothing.
*Should’ve been called Ruben Amaro Co.
Corey described his role as “providing services to enhance Ryan’s life, leaving his field of work to assist Ryan with personal and business needs.” But he did none of that. In a counter claim, here’s how Ryan (and his excellent, superior lawyer) described Corey’s contributions:
Despite his title as “Co-Manager Director of RJH Enterprises, Marketing and Personal Support Services,” Corey procured no marketing agreements or other commercial deals for Ryan or RJH after his execution of the “Consulting Agreement” and made no serious efforts to do so.
At least $275,561.48 in RJH funds were disbursed to Corey in 2012 and 2013 alone. Corey kept no time records and provided no corroboration that he worked any number of hours. In fact, he performed no significant services.
But was he good at dealing with people? No, he was not:
Corey and the other family members provided little to this (marketing) process, other than to conceal matters from Ryan. In fact, some potential sponsors chose not to do business with Ryan and RJH because they found the family members difficult to deal with.
Corey, who was being paid roughly $16k per month at a rate of $92 per hour, was terminated from that role in 2013. He sought $2.7 million in damages, claiming that his Consulting Agreement basically guaranteed that he would be paid until 2026. But in his counter claim, Ryan says that the so-called agreement was signed with just the worst of intents: Continue reading