DALLAS (CN) – A man claims he spent $16,000 furnishing and caring for Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Kevin Ogletree’s apartment and neglected dog, only to have the football player tell him “that he would not be paying for any of the goods and services because he had bought a ‘Roley’ (i.e. a Rolex watch).”
When the man asked for his pay, according to the complaint, Ogletree threatened to beat him up.
Joseph Juraszek Jr. and Camille Juraszek sued Ogletree in Dallas County Court.
According to the complaint: “In the spring of 2011, defendant Ogletree, who is a professional football player, asked plaintiff J.D. Juraszek to assist him in moving defendant and his dog Kluster out of defendant’s apartment on Blackburn Avenue in Dallas, Texas, promising to reimburse plaintiff J.D. Juraszek for the associated costs. Defendant also asked plaintiff J.D. Juraszek to help him locate and move into a new apartment closer to the Dallas Cowboys practice facility – ‘Valley Ranch’ in Irving, Texas – which he did. Once again, defendant promised to reimburse J.D. Juraszek for the costs associated with setting up his new apartment.”
Juraszek says that during last summer’s NFL lockout, he agreed to take care of the apartment since Ogletree would not be in Dallas.
He says that at Ogletree’s request he “paid $1,250.00 to movers, $234.66 on household items such as towels, plates and cups, $900.00 on a washer and dryer. Plaintiffs spent approximately $500.00 for two TV mounts and $250.00 to have the sets mounted in the apartment and $2,000.00 to cover defendant’s June rent, as well as at least $400.00 for maid services.”
The Juraszeks say they also “paid $400.00 to purchase defendant’s cousin Tyrone a new iPhone.”
“Defendant further asked plaintiffs to take care of his dog Kluster during the summer. Because the dog had been so badly neglected while defendant lived at the Blackburn Avenue apartment he was badly in need of extensive veterinary care when defendant moved to Lewisville in early May. Once again, plaintiffs incurred the cost of this care ($695.68) … and defendant has failed to repay them. Plaintiffs also had to purchase a new cage for Kluster ($125.00) and feed him for the entire summer. Defendant has failed to repay plaintiffs for any of the costs associated with the care of defendant’s dog in spite of his promises to do so.”
The Juraszeks say they brought with them more than $10,000 worth of furniture and other personal property, which Ogletree will not let them retrieve, except for a $2,400 bed and mattress set which Ogletree “threw … into an apartment complex Dumpster,” ruining it.
In August 2011, Juraszek says, “defendant advised plaintiff via text message that he would not be paying for any of the goods and services because he had bought a ‘Roley’ (i.e. a Rolex watch). When plaintiffs repeatedly requested that defendant repay them after this, defendant made threats to beat plaintiff J.D. Juraszek if he did not leave him alone.”
The Juraszeks seek more than $16,000 in reimbursements, and exemplary damages for fraud, conversion and unjust enrichment.
They are represented by Michael Hindman with Rolle, Breeland, Ryan, Landau, Wingler and Hindman.