Jay-Z Sues Big Papi Over Dominican 40/40 Club
While rumors circulated last week about Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz adopting Jay-Z and Dr. Dre‘s highly-anticipated new single ‘Under Pressure’ for his 2010 theme, a lawsuit filed by Jay-Z renders this highly unlikely.
The $5 million suit, filed on Thursday, April 15 in Manhattan Federal Court, alleges that a nightclub owned by David Ortiz in his native Dominican Republic, also named 40/40 Club, infringes on the name of Jigga’s popular chain, which has locations in New York City, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Chicago.
“David Ortiz is fully aware of Plaintiff’s Manhattan 40/40 club, since he had been a patron there on several occasions before he opened his infringing Forty/Forty club,” the lawsuit states. In addition to the $5 million in damages requested, the suit orders Ortiz to change the name of his club, and cites photos of Big Papi hanging out at Jay’s club as evidence. “David Ortiz was at the club at least twice, and certainly knew of it,” Jay’s lawyer said.
Baseball’s 40/40 club refers to a player who successfully notches 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season. Ortiz is not a member of this club, as the hulking hitter has only scored 10 total stolen bases in his career. We will continue to report on this story as it updates, but for now, it’s safe to say Big Papi will no longer be taking the plate to “Hey Papi.”