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    Elliott Maddox: who knew?


    Former New York Yankee Elliott Maddox was acquitted of grand theft and perjury charges Monday after a Broward circuit judge ruled there was not even enough evidence to send the case to a jury.

    After a two-week trial, Broward Circuit Judge John Murphy issued a directed verdict in favor of Maddox, 54, who lives in Coral Springs.

    The former Yankees outfielder, turned state Department of Children & Families counselor, was charged with grand theft after state investigators accused him of collecting about $36,000 in pay and medical benefits while he was off work with a knee injury in 1998 and 1999. The investigators claimed he was earning other money by operating baseball camps for the city of Coral Springs.

    But Maddox's attorney, Fred Haddad, said the income Maddox received was legitimate -- an annuity he got from the Yankees.

    "He never lied and he never defrauded them," Haddad said. "He lent his name to a city baseball program and he provided inspirational coaching to his son's baseball team. He was not running around the field. Somebody just had it in for him."

    Maddox was injured and has had 15 operations, Haddad said.

    The charges were filed after investigators with the Florida Division of Risk Management accused Maddox of exaggerating his knee injury. They said they saw him coaching baseball games.

    Maddox was best known for his time with the Yankees from 1974 to 1977. He started his career with the Detroit Tigers, moved to the Washington Senators, then worked for the Texas Rangers. After his stint with the Yankees, he went on to play for the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets.

    He sued New York City in 1975 for up to $12 million after he slipped and fell on a wet field at Shea Stadium. He continued to play for several seasons but blamed the leg injury for the premature end of his baseball career. An appeals court eventually rejected his case.

    He later worked as a community spokesman for the Yankees, and held a number of other jobs in trucking companies and investment banking. He got the DCF counseling job in 1993.

    In March 1997, he injured his knee while working for DCF at Dillard High School. He said he twisted it while trying to avoid students on a stairway. He had knee surgery and was in and out of work in the following year.

    Maddox previously pleaded no contest to charges that he threw a bottle of hydrogen peroxide at his estranged wife and struck her several times in the arms with a claw hammer. He was put on probation and DCF moved him to a desk job.

    Haddad said he thought investigators were going after "someone with a name and a reputation" to make an example.

    "It ended up where it belonged," said Haddad, "thrown out of court."
    "We understand that John Henry must be embarrassed, frustrated and disappointed by his failure in this transaction. Unlike the Yankees, he chose not to go the extra distance for his fans in Boston. It is understandable, but wrong that he would try to deflect the accountability for his mistakes on to others and to a system for which he voted in favor. It is time to get on with life and forget the sour grapes."

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    Thank` for the update, Murcer would be interested. Bill Virdon moved Murcer out of CF and replaced him with Elliot, a move that still rankles Bobby.

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    I feel your pain more than my own
    Damn Shea Stadium.
    There's a sinister plot a brewin'

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