New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is appealing his historic 211-game suspension from MLB for performance-enhancing drugs, and he added to the suit the fact that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig would not testify about why A-Rod received such a long suspension.
“Mr. Selig lacked the courage of his convictions to explain under oath the reasons for the suspension and the conduct of the investigation,” the complaint now reads.
The updated lawsuit also includes a picture of Selig with a young fan wearing a Cincinnati Reds hat and T-shirt that reads, “A-Roid.”
“Sadly, this cowardly stance by Mr. Selig is consistent with his past and highly inappropriate conduct in posing, smilingly, with a young fan wearing a T-shirt with a derogatory message directed at Mr. Rodriguez,” the amended complaint reads.
“One cannot imagine the commissioner of any other professional sport — or indeed CEO of any business — doing something similar with respect to one of his or her players or employees.”
In fact, Selig has not testified at any hearings involving PEDs since 2002. When Selig refused to testify and the judge said he did not have to testify, Rodriguez stormed out of the room and took out his frustrations in the media.
Rodriguez left the hearing abruptly Wednesday and called the proceedings a “farce” in a written statement. The embattled third baseman then took to the airwaves, denying that he used performance-enhancing drugs while claiming that Selig “hates my guts” during an interview on WFAN 660.
This just adds more drama to MLB’s war on PEDs. On November 16, ESPN’s Outside the Lines revealed MLB paid for documents they knew were stolen and hindered the Florida’s investigation against Biogenesis clinic owner Anthony Bosch. Because of their interference Florida was only able to fine Bosch $5,000, which was reduced to $3,000. To make matters worse, MLB justified their actions by saying their investigation was more important than Florida’s investigation and claimed the state of Florida was doing it for regulation–and not criminal–purposes. However, Florida’s case was criminal because it involved buying, selling and using illegal drugs. The New York Post recently revealed a picture of Bosch with packages of a suspicious white powder, which could prove Rodriguez’s claims he was a habitual cocaine abuser and Selig is relying on a drug addict.