Posted October 04, 2013

Report: Alex Rodriguez sues MLB for Biogenesis ‘witch hunt’

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Alex Rodriguez reportedly has sued Major League Baseball. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez reportedly has sued Major League Baseball. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball for allegedly buying the cooperation of Anthony Bosch in its Biogenesis “witch hunt,” according to the New York Times.

Rodriguez appealed his 211-game suspension for violating MLB’s joint drug agreement to an arbitrator at league headquarters in New York on Monday.

MLB said the suspension was “based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years.” He also was disciplined under the collective bargaining agreement “for 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 Times reports:

In the complaint, Rodriguez’s lawyers claim an investigator paid $150,000 in cash for records related to Rodriguez, which were apparently stolen. A portion of the cash “was handed off in a bag at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area restaurant,” the lawsuit says.

Among the allegations, Rodriguez’s lawyers wrote that Major League Baseball had paid Bosch, the head of the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., a total of $5 million in monthly installments “to buy his cooperation,” citing “at least one individual who claims to have knowledge of Mr. Bosch’s deal.” The lawyers said that baseball also promised to provide security for Bosch, cover his legal bills and indemnify him from civil liability stemming from the case.

The Times reports that Rodriguez’s attorneys have included MLB Commissioners Bud Selig in the lawsuit.

Bud Selig, the commissioner of baseball, was named as a defendant in the suit, but the Yankees, who owe Rodriguez $86 million after this season, were not, nor were any of the team’s officers.

Bosch founded the Biogenesis clinic, which distributed performance-enhancing drugs to professional and amateur athletes, including Major League Baseball players. He has been MLB’s chief witness and reportedly provided investigators with documents and electronic communications tying Rodriguez and 12 other players to the obtaining of performance-enhancing drugs through his clinic.

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Newsday reported on Thursday that Rodriguez’s attorneys began cross-examining Bosch as part of the appeals hearing.

From the New York Daily News:

Rodriguez’s attorneys were also expected to accuse MLB officials of intimidating Bosch into cooperating with them, and then buying his testimony. Bosch is a defendant in a lawsuit MLB filed in Florida state court in March that accuses him and other Biogenesis associates of tortious interference with baseball’s basic agreement with the Players Association. MLB agreed to drop Bosch from the suit, cover his legal expenses, indemnify him from litigation that may arise as a result of his testimony and put in a good word with law-enforcement officials.


65 comments
JustinMcElhaney
JustinMcElhaney

Fact is Selig and MLB is trying to punish A-Rod for what he did before he joined the Yankees..there has been no evidence of a positive test result since 2003.MLB as far as I see broke their contract with the players by suspending A-Rod for his doping durring "01-"03 time frame which in the agreement says that players testing positive during the time which A-Rod popped positive could not be punished by the league...Again..PLAYERS TESTING POSITIVE CAN NOT BE PUNISHED BY THE LEAGUE..everyone knows Selig loves the Yankees and will do anything to help them Selig is only going after A-Rod this hard because A-Rod is the only player who is standing up against Selig and bullying and bias butt..Selig belives he is untouchable and can do anything he wants even when he's wrong...Selig isacting as a dictator who will kill anyone who opposes him..and I'm no fan of A-Rods or the MLB...

reger
reger

I wish I could sue somebody!

JonathanW.Fink
JonathanW.Fink

This is the case of the person whose name shall not be mentioned against the person whose name shall not be mentioned. As despicable as the player is, I find the sanctimonious hypocrisy of the commissioner even more offensive. If Sartre is right, that hell is other people, these two are in it. I truly believe that the law suit is necessary to the resolution of the steroid era.

frankelee
frankelee

Baseball will be more than happy to watch A-Rod spend millions of his ill-gotten dollars on a team of lawyers before a judge tosses his suit right out of court.

Old Schoolers
Old Schoolers

If he hasn't already, he's about to pass Barry Bonds as the biggest piece of crap to every put on a major league uniform.  

FifthInTheOrder
FifthInTheOrder

I think they mistyped "witch."  It should be with a "b."

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

It most definitely is a witch hunt and Rodriguez is without a doubt a witch. He can cry that he is being picked on but when you get caught a 1st time then go back and do it all over again then the league that you embarrass will go to unbelievable lengths to take you down. The arrogance of this guy is off the charts and I can't wait for him to meet his destiny as a pariah.  A-Rod's numbers are now irrelevant as he will be once this judgement is passed with A-Rod being banished and forgotten by MLB fans forever. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

There's a fella/gal on here who's taking A-Rod's side on just about every single post.  Many, many posts.  Says he's not an A-Rod fan, but the exact opposite seems true.

So, friend:  is A-Rod paying you (everyone knows, he's got enough money to buy himself some trolls -- which is not uncommon these days)?  Оr are you just a misguided hero-worshipper?

SteveBienefeld
SteveBienefeld

Gee, nowhere in this report did I see where Rodriguez or his legal team are denying that he took PEDs, or that he offered to buy documents from Biogenesis to keep them from MLB, or the he didn't shill for Biogenesis to lure other MLB players to partake of their "wares".  All I see here is an all-out attempt through filing suit against MLB and Bud Selig, to intimidate MLB into backing down.  Rodriguez's attitude seems to be to either get MLB to reinstate him with little or no suspension, or take the whole industry down with him.  That should further endear him to his fellow MLB players.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

"Go big, or go home."

Looks like A-Rod is going to brazen it out in the biggest way possible.  He'll either win (it's in the realm of possibility) or become an anti-celebrity.  Win-win for A-Rod.

Ironically, he can afford this circus from the mega-bucks he earned by juicing.

rpearlston
rpearlston

to paraphrase The Bard (not Daniel) "The man doth protest too much, me thinks"

With every pronouncement from that arrogant, sniveling little man-child and/or any of his many, many lawyers, I cannot help but go back to Macbeth.

John3
John3

If MLB and the Yankees had the slightest balls they would kick this cheater out of baseball. Make him sue for every penny. Wipe every statistic of his from the record books.

nunEEE6
nunEEE6

Children, this is not about whether or not Arod took steroids.  It's about the improper, unethical, and illegal bullying methods of MLB to gather information in order to bury him.  There is no doubt that Arod is a cheater - but there is also little doubt that Selig is a greedy and conniving scumbag - it's just not as easy to see when all everyone is concerned about is the arrogant athlete he's going after.

playemball
playemball

Reg season is over..and his team is not in the playoffs..he's having media withdrawls..

JohnMoran
JohnMoran

Another page out of Lance's playbook!


BillieBob
BillieBob

Wow. When you have one of the most self-absorbed, shameless, entitled, sleazy A-holes in baseball convincing so many people that he's the victim in all of this, you've done something. 

This guy is the poster-child for greed, cheating, lying and arrogance -- right up there with Clemmens. 

The Sultan of Snot. The King of Krap. A guy born with more physical gifts and talent than almost anybody in the game, yet who resorts to slapping balls out of first basemen's gloves and yelling"I got it!" so an infielder will muff an infield fly. A guy who has lied through his teeth about all his illegal drug taking and takes ZERO responsibility for his actions. Un-flippin'-believable...

Props to the Yankee fan below who has the principles to be repulsed by this guy -- calling a spade a spade --even when he's on your team. We should all be so honest... 

dinohealth
dinohealth

It is interesting that all this is posted in here by Tim Polzer.  He has been the exclusive blogger on these A-Rod stories.  I guess non of SI's writing staff wants to go after MLB's conduct in all this?  

dinohealth
dinohealth

Hey, the greedy owners paying-off the CROOK  5 million for his "testimony", is peanuts compared to the hundreds of millions in lost salaries and non-performing contracts that they are getting back from the game's brightest, highest-paid, suspended stars (witches?)! 

Schmeeboo
Schmeeboo

Wasn't this expected? It was revealed that Bosch was getting paid for his cooperation in February. Yet, the media was more interested in the information obtained, not how it was obtained. Then, the MLB tries to suspend AROD for more than 200 games when the correct judgement would have been 50.

Luckily for AROD, he has the dollars to proceed with battling against the corrupt, hypocritical, Bud Selig machine.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

Supposedly, A-Rod tried to buy the evidence first, so in a sense he's suing MLB for offering more in a blind bidding war.

gidget048
gidget048

Good for A-Rod.  We are told to believe that he is a cheat, yet MLB pays to get stolen paper work and agrees to drop him from another lawsuit and pay for his lawyers.  Who is the shady operation in his deal? Can't wait to see what kind of skeletons come out of MLB's closet!!

swidt
swidt

There cannot be this many stupid people who in any way think Rodriguez is in the right here.  You don't get to play the "unfair witch hunt" card WHEN YOU TOTALLY ARE AN EFFING WITCH.

likedoohan
likedoohan

MLB, like the NFL with Bountygate, seriously over-reached. A fifty game suspension would have been consistent with the CBA. By engaging in a vendetta, they have brought this upon themselves. Bosch will get roasted by competent attorneys, and by providing financial incentives MLB has discredited his testimony. Their entire case rests on him, since the "best testing program in pro sports", failed to catch the majority of the Biogenesis clients. How many other players and clinics are there about which MLB is clueless?  No fan of Arod, but with the  money involved and the missteps of MLB, this sage is just beginning.

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

I see nowhere in here a denial that he is guilty of anything, only an assertion that MLB is guilty of something.

sue.lous
sue.lous

@MidwestGolfFan I'm sure this seems like a complete bewilderment to you, but not every single person is against Alex Rodriguez. I am an A-Rod fan, and he is not buying me off, although I'd be happy if he were!

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

@SteveBienefeld Exactly, this is nothing more than a high priced lawyer team using smoke screen to try and take focus off the real issues in this case just like all the power legal teams do in these high profile cases. Its disgusting and it shows the stupidity of those who are so easily distracted by nonsense. MLB will win this case and A-Rod will be broke after all of his lawyer fees without having a way to make a living after this case. How long till we see an A-Rod memoir to help him make money again? Jose Canseco 2.0.

wtfields1103
wtfields1103

@John3    I figure the Yankees are pulling hard for him to be kicked out of baseball....so they don't have to pay him.    In fact, there may be some credence to A-Rod's complaint before he was activated this year that the Yankees were conspiring WITH MLB.   
He has to leave the Yankees out of his lawsuit - for now - because he still stands to get their money if/when he's allowed to play.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@BillieBob He's only convincing those who see conspiracies everywhere and those who, almost certainly, are as arrogant and sniveling, in their own ways, as is he.  And by his lawyers, of course, but he pays THEM to say it.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@Schmeeboo So, you've never heard of the concept of "turning state's evidence"?  It simply means that a person charged with something can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of other felons with whom he worked of of whom he knows.  

That's what Bosch is doing here = turning state

s evidence.  That's why he's getting money from MLB and will receive a lighter sentence, if a sentence at all, from the feds.

The "correct judgement" in terms of Biogenesis customers is whatever MLB thinks it ought to be.  That includes separate charges by MLB against players who had more extensive contact with Biogenesis, including those who have, at least allegedly, tried to purchase all of the companies files so that he could ensure that they were destroyed (obstruction of justice in the legal world).  

amarshall54
amarshall54

@Schmeeboo You actually stick up for AROD?  If even half of the rumors are true about AROD, he has been using PED's his whole career, and sensing a bit about his personality and how he would like to be "like Jeter", I think it is all going to prove true.  Its also likely that AROD facilitated the use of PED's by other players.  Who cares how "corrupt" Selig is ... AROD will never get into the H of F and he has probably cheated his whole life.  Why would anyone stick up for him?

dinohealth
dinohealth

@Schmeeboo Great point about the MLB-strap-hanging-Media.  I have not read a single story, yet, on the point you made about exposing/reforming MLB!  Read a whole bunch of stories aimed at the fans about what a "bad actor" A-Rod is....

dinohealth
dinohealth

@Bearsclone Hey, when you play with dirt-bags (MLB/greedy owners/Selig), you gotta play dirty and beat them in their game, in their sandbox!

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@gidget048 ... and yet he is still a cheating fraud.

It's hard to root for Bud Selig on any subject, so maybe a judge will banish A-Rod and Selig to an arctic island to live together... 

dinohealth
dinohealth

@swidt lol.  Yes, and, then, on a thought, half of the players in our generation must be flying around on broomsticks...

rpearlston
rpearlston

@likedoohan The agreement in play here isn't the CBA, but the Joint Drug Agreement.

And yes, it's also about the best interests of baseball.  That's a part of the language of the CBA, and, from Kennesaw Mountain Landis on down, a part of the responsibilities of the commissioner.  In fact, it's a big part of the job description of every sports commissioner.  In MLB, that clause gives the commissioner a great deal of range in punishing the guilty.

dinohealth
dinohealth

@likedoohan Yep, great post.  I personally do not like A-Rod. Having said that, MLB is trying to screw him because of its failure, greed, and his becoming the squeaky wheel! This thing now is almost no longer about A-Rod , but more about what THEY did (MLB and Selig).  What we know is that they cast a giant shadow on the game with their foot-dragging over a decade ago, depriving a generation of fans of their heroes in the process!

dinohealth
dinohealth

@biasedsportsfan Well, if we are all coming clean (A-Rod has admitted), what you see now is the intent to force MLB to come clean also!

wtfields1103
wtfields1103

@RayIsBipolar @SteveBienefeld    Not at all likely that MLB will win this lawsuit.   In a court of law there is a much greater burden of proof than MLB needs to hand down suspensions.
Based upon the length of his suspension, and that MLB is paying for testimony in their own investigation, MLB may be hard-pressed to win this one.

I don't see this lawsuit as a "smoke screen to try and take focus off the real issues in this cae".    I see it merely as an attempt to gain some leverage - make the Arbitor think a little more while he's hearing A-Rod's appeal.   Maybe get MLB a little defensive about having to go to court over 1 player, so MLB might back off a little.   ("You drop your lawsuit, we'll drop your suspension to 50 games".    Getting only 50 would be absolute nirvana for A-Rod.)  

rpearlston
rpearlston

@dinohealth @Schmeeboo And if that arrogant, sniveling man-child were the mayor of Toronto, he'd be screaming that every story is planted and a bald-faced lie.  Oh, wait a minute - between you and that idiot, that's exactly what's being screamed.

The Toronto newspaper publish stories about what the mayor did and said, and these stories are confirmed by witnesses.  Ask yourself, do the stories about baseball's idiot follow that same track?  Are they all, verifiably true, and yest being protested by the subject of the stories as being attempts to smear them?

likedoohan
likedoohan

@rpearlston @likedoohan That didn't prevent Vilma from going after the NFL and Goodell, and it won't prevent Arod from going after MLB. Actually, that is what this entire thread is about.

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

@dinohealth @biasedsportsfan Are you referring to A-Rod's admission of using " 'boli' " and claiming it as a legitimate confession? I'm just saying, I don't remember how many times I rolled my eyes during that interview, but it was so blatantly falsified that I can't take your point seriously. If you're saying hold MLB accountable, sure. I'm saying no one's accountable and this is like a congressional hearing on finance reform. "Well I'm not saying I didn't abuse the system, I'm just saying, look what they did!" Gimme a break. Yeah, they made moves on you Alex. You made moves on them and they made moves on you. Should've paid in bit-coins, though even that can't buy a hit these days.

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

@wtfields1103 @RayIsBipolar @SteveBienefeld There is no chance that MLB backs off this case. They want A-Rod more than they ever wanted Bonds and this time they have the proof to get him. A-Rod is already guilty in the public's eye so the chance of a court making a foolish decision and siding with the guilty is not as good as you think The court will allow MLB to make an example of A-Rod to try and discourage future lawsuits of this nature.