The horrific injuries New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered in a fireworks accident in Broward County on the Fourth of July weren’t his first close-up brush with fire.
According to a lawsuit he filed in a Miami-Dade County circuit court in November, Pierre-Paul once watched his classic car go up in flames.
It was a ’72 Chevrolet Impala, according to the paperwork. And it was deemed a total loss in the fire.
The 2012 Super Bowl champ’s lawsuit doesn’t explain how the May 2013 fire started, but it’s clear Pierre-Paul wasn’t injured that time.
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His lawyer didn’t reply to a call and email requesting comment.
Pierre-Paul filed the lawsuit after his insurance carrier, National General Insurance, offered him $11,201 to settle the loss.
Pierre-Paul’s breach-of-contract filing deemed the offer “extremely low and unreasonable.”
The North Carolina-based insurance company has denied any wrongdoing in the case.
Pierre-Paul, meanwhile, remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where, according to ESPN, the deep burns he suffered prompted the amputation of his right index finger.
He remains with the Giants, but the status of the contract he was about to sign with the team is unclear.
Strange bedfellows in Coral Gables!
With the press questioning presidential hopeful Marco Rubio’s ability to manage his own money, Rubio and his wife obtained a $604,000 mortgage in late May, according to public records.
Here is where it get interesting: The bank that holds the mortgage is Coral Gables’ Professional Bank, and the CEO is former Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli.
And it so happens that Valdes-Fauli’s son, Mike Valdes-Fauli, is a key staffer on the presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.
Mike is in charge of Bush’s digital outreach for Latin voters.
gun range dust-up
Frank Abay, owner of Hialeah’s popular gun range and store Miami Guns, is being sued by a former employee who says Abay is flouting overtime laws.
State-licensed gun instructor Abay made news last year when he was arrested for allegedly providing fraudulent firearms certificates to security guards.
In time, the charges against him were dropped, but now Abay faces paying damages if ex-employee Alain Valdez wins the lawsuit he just filed in the local federal court.
Abay has yet to be served and hasn’t responded.
The Real Housewives of Miami’s Lisa Hochstein and her breast implant-guru husband Lenny Hochstein welcomed their first baby this week through surrogacy.
The couple’s inability to have children was a subplot in the third and final season of the Bravo reality TV show.
Baby Logan Marc Hochstein was born July 3. He bears the couple’s DNA but was incubated by a surrogate, Lisa Hochstein announced on social media.
The former model suffered three miscarriages and four failed IVF attempts before the couple chose surrogacy.