A-Rod sues MLB in New York supreme court
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 12:10
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball, accusing the league for “tortious interference,” as they try to bar Rodriguez from the game.
Rodriguez and his attorneys started this week in an arbitration hearing to raise the 211-game suspension for his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis 13-player leak.
USA Today reported Rodriguez’s complains MLB paid $150,000 in cash for stolen records connecting Rodriguez to the performance enhancing drug scandal. Rodriguez’s legal team also claims MLB paid former Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch.
“The entire legal dynamic is very complex, and my legal team is doing what they need in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights,” Rodriguez said in a statement to USA Today Sports.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig was named as a defendant, USA Today reported. Rodriguez claims Selig is targeting the Yankees’ star in an effort to tarnish his reputation.
The lawsuit also includes accusations of MLB investigators harassing, intimidating and pressuring those who were targeted to cooperate with the league’s investigation. USA Today reported the lawsuit includes accusations of Bosch having high school ballplayers as cliental.
"MLB's incessant use of the media against Mr. Rodriguez reached new lows on August 19, 2013, when it ambushed Mr. Rodriguez's counsel, Joseph Tacopina, on live, national television with a letter offering to publicly release all confidential information regarding Mr. Rodriguez. … In further demonstration of its bad faith, MLB did not send this letter to Mr. Rodriguez's counsel or Mr. Rodriguez. Instead, this letter — which itself contained substantial confidential information concerning MLB's investigation of Mr. Rodriguez — was delivered only to the Today Show,” they lawsuit said.
Rodriguez’s legal team argues the attempts to tarnish Rodriguez’s career will result in a loss of income from royalties.