MIAMI – Former baseball star Jose Canseco (search) and his twin brother were ordered Tuesday to pay nearly $300,000 in punitive damages to the two men they beat up during a Halloween bash at a Miami Beach nightclub in 2001.
Jose Canseco must pay $240,000 and his brother, Ozzie, must pay $50,000. A day earlier, the same jury awarded the victims, Christian Presley (search) and Alan Cheek (search), more than $700,000 in compensatory damages.
The award decision came after an accountant hired by the two men testified that Jose Canseco has a net worth of about $1.9 million and Ozzie has virtually no net worth.
The brawl started after Presley accosted Jose Canseco's date, Amber Glick (search). She has testified she was grabbed by someone she could not identify.
Presley suffered injuries including a broken nose; Cheeks' lip was split and required 17 stitches.
Jose Canseco has said he only pushed Presley with his palm and both brothers have testified that Ozzie did all the hitting. Both pleaded guilty in 2002 to criminal battery charges.
Cheeks' attorney asked Jose Canseco if he was sorry for what happened. "Absolutely not, I never struck him," he replied Tuesday.
Jose Canseco had a 17-year major league career in which he won the American League MVP in 1988. He retired from baseball in 2001 and recently wrote a best-selling book that described rampant steroid abuse in the major leagues. He also testified before Congress about steroid abuse.