Jay-Z Sues David Ortiz Over Club Name

Rap mogul files $5 million suit against slugger David Ortiz

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Friday, Apr 16, 2010  |  Updated 4:31 AM CDT
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Jay-Z has filed suit against Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

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Big Papi doesn’t have many fans in New York City, and just made one more enemy off the field.

Yankee fan Jay-Z has filed a $5 million suit against David Ortiz, accusing the Boston Red Sox slugger of getting more than an empire state of mind after visiting the rap mogul’s swanky Manhattan nightclub, 40/40.

Court papers filed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court accuse Ortiz of visiting the Jay-Z-owned nightspot on two occasions then opening up a copycat club in his native Dominican Republic, the New York Daily News reported.

"David Ortiz was at the club at least twice, and certainly knew of it," Jay-Z's lawyer, Peter Raymond told the News.

As proof, the filings reportedly include photos of the designated hitter partying at Jay-Z’s club on W. 25th Street.

Ortiz’s representatives did not return calls for comment by the News or The Associated Press.

Besides the New York club, Jay-Z boasts other 40/40-branded hotspots in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Tokyo and Macau.

The name is a reference to when a baseball player hits 40 home runs and steals 40 bases in a single season.
 

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