Cecil Fielder is the new manager of the Surf, a team that plays in the independent Can-Am League. The Atlantic City Surf.
Fielder claims that he won't gamble while in Atlantic City and he doesn't have a gambling problem. But as the AP story says:
On just two days in February 1999, he lost $580,000 at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. According to a lawsuit filed in state Superior Court, Fielder paid off small amounts of the debt until the following year, when Trump Plaza sued him and won a judgment for $563,359.
Asked if he had repaid the debt, Fielder would only say, “That’s all in the past.”
A spokesman for Trump Entertainment Resorts, which operates three Atlantic City casinos including Trump Plaza, would not say if the debt had ever been collected.
Asked if he considered himself at any point to be a problem gambler, Fielder replied, “No. I just had the opportunity to have large credit lines across the country.”