New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - As Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball
continue their hearing concerning the slugger's 211-game suspension for
violations of the drug policy, the Yankees third baseman has filed a lawsuit
against the sport's governing body.
The suit, according to the New York Times, alleges that Major League Baseball
is trying to interfere with Rodriguez's existing contracts and future business
relationships. It said MLB paid for the cooperation of Anthony Bosch, the head
of the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic that was accused of supplying
players performance-enhancing substances, in its investigation of Rodriguez.
Major League Baseball issued a statement regarding the impending litigation
and called it a "desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining
According to the Times, Rodriguez's lawyers said MLB paid Bosch $150,000 for
records related to the Biogenesis scandal.
"While we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those
allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Mr. Rodriguez violated the
Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by 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," MLB's statement read.
Rodriguez was hit with a 211-game penalty in August, while 12 other players
were suspended 50 games for their alleged ties to Biogenesis.
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