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article imageAlex Rodriguez sues Major League Baseball

By Mike White     Oct 4, 2013 in Sports
Alex Rodriguez, who earlier this season was suspended for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement, has sued major league baseball. He claims the sport has potentially cost him tens of millions of dollars.
When MLB announced the suspension in August for the superstar third baseman with the New York Yankees, who has won three Most Valuable Player Awards and is a 14 time All Star, it said he would be suspended for the rest of the season and for all the 2014 season. It said he could continue to play while he appealed the suspension, however. Now Rodriguez claims baseball has engaged in a "tortious interference" against him, as well as a "witch hunt," according to USA Today.
The suspension for Rodriguez was to be for 214 games. His attorneys spent this week in an arbitration hearing for the player as a result of his alleged role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal. The Yankees' third baseman was one of 13 players suspended in connection with the scandal.
Rodriguez described the legal process as "very complex" and said his attorneys are working hard to "vindicate me and pursue all my rights." He said the lawsuit is separate from the arbitration hearing regarding his suspension. He said he looks forward to someday being able to "share my story with the public and my supporters."
Rodriguez, who is often called A-Rod, claims in his complaint that baseball paid $150,000 for stolen records related to the superstar. The lawsuit also claims major league baseball (MLB) paid the former head of Biogenesis, Tony Bosch, $5 million to "buy his cooperation." It further claims that Dan Mullin, an investigator for baseball, "engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a witness." It also claims Mullin interviewed the witness about A-Rod.
The suit named MLB Commissioner Bud Selig as a defendant in the suit.
Major league baseball issued a statement vehemently denying the allegations in the suit. It also noted that none of the allegations spoke to the issue as to whether Rodriguez had violated the drug prevention agreement "by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances."
According to Yahoo Sports, the suit claims in the past Selig has refused to act against players who used the performance-enhancing drugs and gave "tacit approval" as a result. It claimed Selig is attempting to secure a legacy as "'savior' of America's past time."
Baseball noted that for four decades it has had a collective bargaining agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association, and all clubs and players have honored that. It added that the lawsuit is a "clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program." It added the suit was an attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In Newsday, Joyce Fitzpatrick, a spokesperson for Bosch, said the former head of Biogenesis has not received $5 for testimony for baseball, "let alone $5 million."
In the suit, A-Rod is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
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