Alex Rodriguez Files Lawsuit Against Major League Baseball
All this week, Alex Rodriguez has been in arbitration hearings with Major League Baseball, stating his case to have his 211-game suspension reduced. Now he’s willing to take it to the next level.
Rodriguez filed a lawsuit Friday morning in New York State Supreme Court that accusing the MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig that they are trying “to improperly marshal evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez”.
A-Rod and his camp also released a statement to explain why they are pursuing charges against MLB.
“The entire legal dynamic is very complex, and my legal team is doing what they need to in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights. This matter is entirely separate from the ongoing arbitration proceedings continuing, and for the day to come when I can share my story with the public and my supporters.”
MLB then released a state in response.
“For the more than four decades that we have had a collective bargaining relationship with the Major League Baseball Players Association, every player and club dispute has gone through the jointly agreed upon grievance process. This lawsuit is a clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program, and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“While we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Mr. Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the Basic Agreement by attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.”
The back and forth battle continued when A-Rod’s camp released another statement to respond to MLB’s statement – yeah, I know, there’s a lot of statements.
“Mr. Rodriguez’s financial damages lawsuit against Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball in no way violates the confidentiality provisions of the Joint Drug Agreement. That accusation is preposterous — and uniquely so coming from MLB, when many of the bases for the complaint filed by Mr. Rodriguez last night arise from MLB’s willful and persistent violations of those very confidentiality provisions over the past six months, and beyond.
“As for the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s discipline appeal process, Mr. Rodriguez respects the process. He has personally attended and participated in every minute of the arbitration proceeding that began on Monday, has continued every day this week, and will continue hereafter. Mr. Rodriguez has been a Major League Baseball Players Association member for nearly two decades, and he is appalled by the levels to which his league has stooped, as demonstrated in the complaint filed last night. Mr. Rodriguez eagerly awaits the day when all of this legal jostling is finished, and he can share his story with the public and his supporters. Until then, he will continue to respect the confidentiality requirements imposed upon all through this process, while his legal team continues to do what is necessary to vindicate him.”
The suit also mentions the following reasons for A-Rod suing MLB:
- MLB is paying $5 million to Anthony Bosch, the proprietor of the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic suspected to be a source of illegal PEDs to players, for his cooperation in its case against Rodriguez.
- MLB has repeatedly violated terms of a confidentiality agreement between the parties by leaking information damaging to Rodriguez to selected news outlets.
- MLB investigators have bribed and intimidated witnesses and on at least one occasion impersonated police officers.
- MLB attempted to buy Biogenesis records from Porter Fischer, a former Biogenesis employee, for $125,000, and after Fischer reported the documents stolen, an MLB employee eventually bought them from an undisclosed source for $150,000 in cash that was “handed off in a bag at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area restaurant.”
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