Photo: Alex Rodriguez Sues
Alex Rodriguez has convinced himself that it is his employer, Major League Baseball, that is destroying his career and not his own alleged use of performance enhancing drugs (PED).
This week Rodriguez sued MLB and its commissioner Bud Selig for trying to destroy his career and reputation. In addition the Yankee superstar sued the team doctor for misdiagnosing a hip injury during the 2012 playing season. The lawsuit centers around Rodriguez feeling the league is trying to make an example out of him and are using him to show they are serious about banning performance enhancement substances.
What does MLB think of all this? Not much.
They say the lawsuit is diverting attention from the real problem with Rodriguez’ career his “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 38-year-old third baseman is appealing his 211- game suspension for his alleged use of banned substances and his affiliation with the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic. The suspension is expected to cost Rodriguez millions of dollars in salary and bonuses. Rodriguez’s team says MLB officials harrassed and intimidated witnesses to get them to testify against Rodriguez and who invented stories of his PED use.
The lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court and seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.