Ryan Howard recently finished legal battle with family over money

Ryan Howard has had a rough few years.
Ryan Howard has had a rough few years. (USATSI)

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard recently settled a lawsuit with his immediate family regarding his personal finances out of court, putting to an end a dispute lasting several years, reports philly.com.

The story, written by David Murphy of the Daily News is very detailed and should definitely be read in full for those wanting the full story.

The unfortunate basics are that Howard initially incorporated a company named RJH (his initials) Enterprises, which would serve as a bit of a trust for his parents (Ron and Cheryl) and his twin brother, Corey. The brothers were so close they were even college roommates at Missouri State.

Just about the time the 2011 season ended with Howard having ruptured his Achilles tendon, he decided he wanted to handle his own finances and "have his family just be family," per his counter-suit. He was reportedly worried about his family beginning to worry more about making themselves money than helping him.

This didn't sit well with his family and his father insisted that he and Howard's mother, Cheryl, get $5 million each. Things spiraled out of control from there with Howard finally filing a countersuit that alleged that Corey had "engaged in a conspiracy" with his parents to "defraud" RJH Enterprises.

Perhaps even worse, the story paints the picture that the family was once amazingly close-knit. As such, this had to have been an awful few years for Howard, especially attempting to return from a major injury and struggling upon his return to the field.

In fact, it's easy to see how this sort of thing would affect his performance.

Howard's 35th birthday is today (Wednesday). He's due $50 million over the next two seasons before a $23 million club option in 2017 that carries a $10 million buyout.

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