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Virgin Islands clears NFL player in land dispute

Virgin Islands clears NFL player in land dispute

A jury in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday cleared Miami Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor and two partners of reneging on a deal to buy a private island with sandy shoals and wind-swept grasses.
Taylor, who recently signed a $1.5 million, one-year contract to return to the Dolphins, and the partners were cleared in a civil suit charging they breached a contract in 2004 to purchase 158-acre (64-hectare) Great St. James island, off St. Thomas' east end.
The partners contended the seller misrepresented several aspects of deal, such as public beach access, so they were entitled not to go through with it.
Taylor told reporters he was pleased with the jury's decision. "I've been coming here for 10, 12 years _ and they've given me a reason to keep coming back here to enjoy it," he said, flashing a grin.
The jury also ruled that Taylor and his partners did not misrepresent terms of the deal to seller Christian Kjaer, who argued the trio broke the contract because they could not come up with $23.5 million needed for the closing.
Taylor played his first 11 seasons of professional football with Miami before being traded a year ago to the Washington Redskins _ a fallout from a stint on the hit TV show "Dancing With the Stars." He was released by Washington in March after one injury-plagued season.
The 34-year-old player wanted to return to South Florida, where he still lives, and worked out a new deal with Miami. He will make $1.1 million in base salary and $400,000 in easy to reach incentives.
In 2007, he was chosen NFL Man of the Year after starting a foundation that has been active in raising money for South Florida children.


Updated : 2021-04-22 23:32 GMT+08:00