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Fielder mum on IRS troubles

Prince Fielder says his $409,000 debt to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is a private matter, and he won't talk about it.

Wednesday, the Detroit News reported on a lien filed in late 2005 against Fielder's property in Melbourne, Fla.

The IRS filed that lien, saying his tax obligations from 2003 were not satisfied.

Online court records say the lien has still not been paid.

Fielder's agent, Scott Boras, said it was none of the media's business, but he said those looking into the matter are, "one-and-a half-years behind the real story."

He wouldn't clarify, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoted a source as saying Fielder is no danger of being prosecuted by the IRS.

The paper says the matter might be related to Prince Fielder's strained relationship with his father, former big leaguer Cecil Fielder.

In 2004, the Detroit News said the former Tiger lost $47 million by gambling and poor business decisions.

Brewers' Manager Ned Yost says the matter is nobody's business but Fielder's and the news coverage makes his job more difficult.