The hamstring injury that’s keeping South Florida soccer star Jozy Altidore out of the United States national team’s key World Cup game Thursday isn’t his only problem these days.
The brand spanking new $900,000-mansion that the speedy forward bought in the fancy gated community of The Oaks in Boca Raton got flooded.
And, according to a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed last month, Altidore has yet to get paid by his flood insurance, Fort Lauderdale’s American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance.
Altidore, who plays his club soccer in England, paid cash for a 4,400-square-foot McMansion in 2012.
Last Christmas, however, the house sustained extensive water damage from a burst pipe while Altidore was absent. The whole thing set him back $50,000.
Altidore claims in the lawsuit that he hasn’t been paid in full by Platinum.
The reason? According to a source, insurance officials told Altidore he reported the water damage too late to be eligible for reimbursement.
American Platinum officials did not return a call and email for comment.
Said Terrell Matthews, Altidore’s lawyer: “Mr. Altidore expected coverage, and the insurance company is not willing to pay.”
Clint Eastwood’s movie adaptation of the Broadway show Jersey Boys had a bad opening weekend — but not as bad as the blow it caused Tamarac radio legend Joey Reynolds’ ego.
Reynolds, you see, was the DJ who came up with the stunt that eventually put the movie’s Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on the map: An evening jock on WPOP in Hartford, Conn., in 1962, he locked himself into his studio and played only Sherry for four hours.
You’d think that he’d deserve a nice mention in the movie, Reynolds said.
But he got nothing, zilch, nada!
The movie does show the incident, including the cops called by the station managers who eventually fired Reynolds — but it never mentions Reynolds by name.
Never mind that Reynolds once became one of the biggest names in radio, mostly because of his coast-to-coast all night talk show that for years originated out of WOR in New York City.
“There’s nothing I can do,” Reynolds told me about being ignored by Eastwood. “I’m still friends with Frankie (Valli), and he told me he tried to get at least my name in there, but Eastwood nixed it. I must’ve done something to him!”
Traffic tickets? There’s an app for that, and it’s the brain child of publicity savvy South Florida lawyer Stephen Lustig, aka The Ticket Titan.
Lustig has come with an app that keeps all of the things associated with traffic, parking and red light tickets nice and organized.
The Ticket Titan app, launched this week on iTunes, allows users to send a photo of a ticket to Lustig’s office and discuss with him whether it’s worth fighting.
Oh, yes: The App also collects the fines if the motorists decides to pay, and it alerts the motorist of court dates and whether a license is suspended.
“If a user of the app believes he’s been wrongly charged or whether he admits to wrongdoing and pays the ticket without any representation, it demystifies the legal system,” Lustig said.