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Sued By Boyhood Friend --


12/26/2011 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Napoli
Strike One -- Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli allegedly bails on a Dec. 3 autograph session at a Florida sports memorabilia shop just TWO WEEKS before the event ... according to a new lawsuit.

Strike Two -- The shop is owned by Willie McCoy -- a guy who says he's been friends with Napoli since they were 7-years-old ... and thought he could depend on the guy.

Strike Three -- McCoy says his business has been "financially crippled" since the no-show ... and claims he didn't even have enough cash to stock his store with merchandise for the holiday season.

Post-game analysis -- McCoy claims he blew more than $4k on the event -- for things like promotional material, baseballs for Napoli to sign, etc. .... and now he wants Napoli to foot the bill.

Moral of the story -- DON'T DO BUSINESS WITH FRIENDS!!

We placed several calls to Napoli's people -- so far, no response.

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Get your story straight TMZ. The guy lied to Nap about the event, and was trying to profit off his "best friends" success by lying to his fans. He made a statement on his facebook about the event, explaining the real story. Not that hard to look it up, and get your answer, no need to talk to 'his people.' He's an athlete not a celebrity. You should be embarrassed, his family, friends and fans mean the world to him. Oops!

1032 days ago

There's a problem here    

"Don't do business with friends" True dat.

1032 days ago


It seems that he had financial problems long before the ranger stood him up and is looking for a hand out.

1032 days ago


sounds like a bum of a friend was looking for a bailout of these bad times for us small business owners from a friend he prob hasnt seen in 20 years.i dont feel sorry for you

1032 days ago


Don't do business with friends that have came up and got paid they don't need you anymore.

1032 days ago


Napoli sucks anyways. Rangers suck too.

1032 days ago

some guy    

If losing $4000 ruined his business, then I'm gonna guess his business was about to fold anyway.

1032 days ago


Napnap25 must be Napoli's agent or family. You should have talked to TMZ then and told your side of the story. Sounds like a little too late damage control. His agent probably isn't experienced enough to handle these things.

1032 days ago


Why do I hear the theme song to "East Bound and Down" as I ready this article...

1032 days ago


I don't have enough info BUT if you make it big & your friend has a business, maybe not doing so well, and you say you'll come sign balls or even JUST SHOW UP, ANY IDIOT WOULD KNOW THAT YOU ARE DOING IT TO HELP HIM FINANCIALLY. DUH!!! He should throw his friend out some $$ just for ol time sake.

1032 days ago

Alan Carver    

YOU GET A CONTRACT SIGNED BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING like buying promotional items to sell! Clearly this guy has no business sense, and if $4K is the breaking point well then, clearly this guy isn't suited for owning a business. As for his 'friend' not showing up, I have to say on both counts neither party is NOT to blame ... friends or not ... if you commit to something - all a guy has is HIS WORD - and once you've screwed that up well ...

1032 days ago


It's not Xmas it's CHRISTmas!! Don't put an X on the reason for the season!!!!!!

1032 days ago

Carl Wive    

No, the moral is, get a f*cking contract when you do business.

1032 days ago


Willie is a decent guy. There is a list of these ball players from Hollywood, FL who all went up together from T-ball through however far they made it in their careers. Napoli should at least have sent some signed cards to compensate for reneging on the appearance. That is just common courtesy.

1032 days ago


If any of the above is slightly true, the business man needs a new business strategy. Blaming lack of sales on a "friend" is not the way to go, especially on a public site called All Things Kardashian aka: TMZ.

Take your ball and go home Ranger.

1032 days ago
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