Sturridge Denies $30,000 Reward Owed in Dog Dispute
|Daniel Sturridge attends the Sky Sports Opening Night party of the 23/24 Premier League season, at Village Underground on August 11, 2023 in London, England.(Image-Getty)
According to recent reports from British media, former England striker Daniel Sturridge has enlisted the support of legal representatives in California to address a legal dispute concerning a $30,000 reward, which he adamantly denies owing. The controversy emerged after the safe return of Sturridge's stolen Pomeranian, named Lucci, from a Los Angeles residence back in 2019. In an effort to aid in the search for his beloved pet, the former Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool player had offered the substantial reward.
However, in 2021, Sturridge found himself entangled in a legal battle when American rapper Foster Washington filed a civil suit asserting his entitlement to the reward money. Sturridge promptly refuted the claim, clarifying through the social media platform X that he had already personally compensated the young individual responsible for locating Lucci, and emphasized that no further payment was owed.
Expressing his surprise at the existence of the civil suit, the 34-year-old footballer expressed his lack of knowledge regarding the court proceedings. Sturridge stressed that he had not been granted the opportunity to properly present his side of the story in relation to the disputed claims. Consequently, he revealed his decision to engage California-based legal professionals to manage the ongoing matter on his behalf. Voicing confidence that a swift resolution in his favor would quash the spurious claim once and for all, Sturridge aimed to put an end to the contentious dispute.