Brian Cashman's ex-mistress alleges Tacopina conflict of interest with Alex Rodriguez

Jared Wickerham

The situation with Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees took yet another strange turn, this time involving GM Brian Cashman's former mistress.

Alex Rodriguez's attorney Joseph Tacopina made headlines recently first, when he accused the Yankees of hiding MRI results, then for his appearance on the Today Show. As it turns out, Rodriguez isn't Tacopina's only tie to the Yankees. Tacopina's firm has ties to the former mistress of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and she isn't happy about the possible conflict of interest.

Louise Meanwell, Cashman's former mistress, filed court documents claiming Tacopina should be forced to drop Rodriguez as a client, according to a report from the New York Daily News. Stephen Turano, one of the partners of Tacopina, Seigel & Turano represents Meanwell. That tie, according to the lawyer representing Meanwell in the documents filed on Monday, is enough for a conflict of interest.

In the court papers filed on Monday, Meanwell claims Cashman told her various Yankees were using steroids and was "ambivalent" to the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Yankee players. With that knowledge, Meanwell could become a witness in the legal confrontation between Rodriguez, the Yankees, and MLB, thus making for a possible conflict of interest.

To make the situation even more bizarre, Turano represents Meanwell through a separate law firm, one Tacopina is not associated with. "I have never spoken to Steven Turano about her," Tacopina said

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