A serious claim, made by sources involved in the New York Police Department's ongoing ticket-fixing scandal, accuses officers of burying a speeding ticket New York Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez got in 2009.
According to the New York Daily News, former-Yankees team owner George Steinbrenner was also a beneficiary of mishandled summonses.
Two sources said A-Rod was pulled over for hot-rodding on the West Side Highway around 57th Street two years ago. He was issued a speeding ticket by a highway cop, but an NYPD sergeant had it disappear.
According to the Daily News, three sources gave accounts of numerous politicians and celebrities having summonses squashed.
"It was very easy for a big name to walk away from a summons," one source said. "[Celebrities] have contacts everywhere. There's an eagerness to help because of who they are."
Steinbrenner, according to the source, used his influence to get rid of tickets for friends and family many times over the years.
The practice was so blatant, some celebrities were bold enough to have representatives call Police Headquarters, outright, and ask to get their clients tickets fixed.
The sources claim rapper Jay-Z's driver was also nabbed for speeding in almost the exact spot as A-Rod. The paperwork was "lost" and the case never saw the day of light. The cop must have been in an Empire State of Mind.
Even former-Knick and current-Denver Nugget Raymond Felton was called for a moving violation outside Madison Square Garden and it disappeared faster than the Knicks against the Celtics.
The long-standing practice of NYPD cops fixing tickets was always considered a professional courtesy and not a crime. Up to 40 cops are now facing departmental charges for fixing the tickets for cash or gifts.
Spokespersons for Rodriguez, the Yankees or the Knicks had no comment about the allegations or if they were part of the Bronx grand jury probe.
I'm just wondering if Mets owner Fred Wilpon would be able to talk his way out of a speeding ticket these days. He has such a special way with words.