Jose Fernandez Victims’ Families Seek Punitive Damages Against ‘Grossly Negligent’ Star Pitcher

Investigators look over the overturned boat in which Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two others were killed in Miami Beach (Splash News photo)

The gloves are off in the lawsuit brought against the estate of deceased Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez by the families the two men who died with him in a boat crash nearly a year ago.

The lawyers for Emilio Macias and Eduardo Rivero, whom Fernandez took for the tragic late night ride after hours of partying, now want to change their complaint with a request for punitive damages.

Their incendiary motion, which calls the 24-year-old Cuban defector Fernandez “grossly negligent,” was filed last week — after the two sides of the lawsuit received an unredacted version of the accident report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The motion doesn’t delve into the new information that Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh ordered released to lawyers in the case but not the public.

And the lawyers for the Macias and Rivero families didn’t return calls for comment

Jose Lambiet,, excerpt posted on, Aug. 30, 2017