Posted October 15, 2013

Report: Lawyers almost brawled during Alex Rodriguez’s MLB hearing

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A lawyer representing Alex Rodriguez reportedly almost came to blows. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

A lawyer representing Alex Rodriguez reportedly “bull-rushed” another lawyer. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

An attorney representing Alex Rodriguez in his Major League Baseball appeal hearing had to be physically restrained from brawling with an opposing attorney two weeks ago, according to the New York Daily News.

Attorney Joe Tacopina reportedly was involved in a confrontation with Julio Ayala, a Miami attorney representing Biogenesis founder and chief MLB witness Anthony Bosch.

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In the proceedings, Tacopina attacked the authenticity of documents and electronic communications tied to Biogenesis and its distribution of performance-enhancing drugs to more than a dozen MLB players including Rodriguez. The attorney also questioned Bosch’s credibility, particularly his testimony linking Rodriguez to Biogenesis.

Here’s the source’s account via the Daily News:

The sources told the Daily News that Tacopina — who was frustrated that Bosch’s testimony had dominated the first three days of the hearing — asked another MLB attorney how long he planned on having baseball’s most important witness on the stand during the break in the testimony on Oct. 2.

The attorney, the sources said, told Tacopina that Bosch’s testimony would take several more hours and might spill over to the next day. “Well, I guess we have all of October, and by then Mr. Bosch will be in jail,” Tacopina replied, referring to the fact that Bosch and his now-defunct clinic are being investigated by Florida state authorities and federal law-enforcement officials from the Southern District of Florida.

“If he is, he is not going alone,” Ayala fired back, implying that if Bosch goes to prison, he is taking Rodriguez with him.

Tacopina, a former hockey player who holds the Skidmore College record for most penalty minutes in a season, then made a derogatory statement about Ayala and “his lying wife,” Susy Ribero-Ayala, another attorney representing Bosch, angering Julio Ayala. Tacopina then “bull-rushed” Ayala, who went toe-to-toe with Tacopina, in the words of one source.

Ayala, a former high school football player, stood his ground, but other attorneys restrained Tacopina before any punches were thrown. Eventually, the two men calmed down and the hearing resumed after the break.


43 comments
JackBriss
JackBriss

Arod is a steroid user plain and simple.Past test proved that. He should take his suspension like a man and not cry. All records removed from the books as well along with anyone else who cheats.

truenature4life
truenature4life

Lawyers do this all the time..its part of the job. 

Did any one here seen the movie:     " AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" starting Al Pacino & Sean Penn.

You'll see what I'm talking about..This happens in court rooms all over the world..

Al Pacino screamed to the Judge " you're out of order; the whole f***ing court is out of order.. "

akattack
akattack

Meathead player hires meathead lawyer to lead meatheaded defense.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

So, A-Rod hires a street thug to defend him.  Who insults a woman who's a peripheral player at best.  Who physically attacks another attorney during a hearing.

Why am I not surprised?

P.S. If you don't like listening to the other side's evidence, you shouldn't be a lawyer.  Tacopina should be disbarred. 

dinohealth
dinohealth

An appeal hearing: on one side, MLB, and its decision to disproportionately single-out a player with a 200+ game suspension (effectively, a death sentence to his career), and, on the other side, Alex Rodriguez, the player.  The "star' accuser and witness on behalf of  MLB?  Anthony Bosch, a guy that knowingly "pushed" illegal/prohibited substances on injured/recovering/aging, players, desperate to improve/maintain performance!  A pusher that did it for the money!  The same Anthony Bosch of the now infamous Biogenesis "clinic", that is most-likely about to go to jail; a soon-to-be "gangster" and "con" man!  Did MLB's enforcement and testing program produce this "evidence" against the player?  NOT!  Nothing like a future jail-bird turning "evidence".  Take anyone down to "lighten" his sentence!  Amazing how half-hearted and ineffective MLB's response has been to the problem for nearly 15 years, and, how LOW MLB has NOW stooped in this witch hunt to cover its greedy/ineffective butt!  The jock-lawyers' behavior  for the crook, Bosch, and, the player, Rodriguez, does not surprise me.  When you are playing in mud, you got to win in mud!    As for Bosch, he will probably continue to "push" his "business" from a minimum-security jail cell!  The real losers?  BASEBALL, the game we love, and a generation of  fans robbed of their idols by MLB's greedy ineptitude/inaction!  .

BC27
BC27

Man this gets better & better. Even the lawyers are suffering from roid rage!!!

gymviking
gymviking

Alex just has a way of bringing people together....

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

Another old baseball player who got caught trying to stay relevant.  Yankees didn't make the playoffs this year and probably won't next year.  We probably won't even see A Rod again until 2015, if he hasn't sat around and gotten fat.

bhayes420
bhayes420

Saw an interview with Tacopina the other day on TV.  He's as much a jerk as A-Roid is.  Nothing but a loud-mouthed New York lawyer.  His type makes me sick.  

tom o
tom o

Even ARod's lawyers are juicers

Rosie68
Rosie68

"When you have the facts, bang the facts; when you have the law, bang the law; when you have nothing, bang the other lawyer and his wife......What a great defense A-Roid.  This is costing you how much to hire these clowns?

GregFerreira
GregFerreira

Does A-Roid have the perfect lawyer or what? An A__hole; lying , scumbag... picks someone who represents the legal profession like he represents MLB.

kkingbrian
kkingbrian

I now demand that we exercise the Freedom of Information Act and demand that these hearings be aired on live TV.

ryan81g
ryan81g

And they thought A-Rod was the one on the roids...

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

Lawyers behaving badly, what a surprise ...

kochbros
kochbros

skidmore has a hockey team?

Old Schoolers
Old Schoolers

Not a surprise.  Everything surrounding this guy is a circus!!

Whatever
Whatever

When a lawyer has no case, he attacks the credibility of documents, the credibility of witnesses, and ***holes attorneys attack other attorneys or clients, verbally or physically. Tacopina should be sanctioned by the court and reprimanded by the bar. What a punk, but it figures A-Rat hired this guy instead of someone who knew what he was doing.

JoeScott
JoeScott

Lawyers acting like di*ks...what a shock.

DSM
DSM

Tacopina comes across to me as little more than a big mouth, telling his clients what they want to hear, and carrying out their worst instincts, regardless of whether it helps them.

Cory J
Cory J

@GregFerreira - You make it sound like there are a long line of moral attorneys out there who "give them all a good name".  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Michael22
Michael22

@Whatever You were right the first time - Arod hired this guy because he knows EXACTLY what he is buying: all of the bush-league credibility attacks. When you have no case, dragging everyone and everything through the mud is a great way to stain the outcome of the case when you expect it to go against you. 

"I demand a retrial!" Arod will say in 2015, "my first one was marred by so much legal mischief."

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@JoeScott   Hey, if they're billing by the hour, which is standard, then they will be paid for fighting! 

kkingbrian
kkingbrian

@DSM Sounds like he'd fit right in as a politician.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@kgolay6969 @MidwestGolfFan  

Scintillating argument!  Brilliant!

Lawyer's aren't supposed to attack other lawyers physically.  It's called assault.  

In high-stakes, big-money litigation, testimony often lasts for days. Long hours hearing testimony from someone you think is full of it is a huge part of it.  Don't like it, Tacopina?  Then you shouldn't have filed the lawsuit.  Although I think this is more along the lines of "can't handle the truth" as he watches his case go up in smoke.