Alex Rodriguez has filed a lawsuit against MLB, claiming that they conducted a "witch hunt" in order to keep him from playing and interfering with his existing and future business relationships. This comes in the middle of A-Rod's arbitration hearing in which he is appealing his 211-game suspension handed down by MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. You can read all 31 pages of the lawsuit here.
The lawsuit claims that MLB paid Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch for his cooperation and testimony to the tune of $5 million, as well as an investigator buying Rodriguez's clinic records for $150,000 in cash. The lawsuit cites a person aware of the deal that MLB made with Bosch in return for his cooperation that included covering legal fees and keeping him exempt from any civil liability in the case.
Despite the fact that Rodriguez previously accused the Yankees of conspiring with MLB to find a way to void what is left of his contract, the lawsuit did not involve the team or any of its officials. Major League Baseball has released a statement in response to the lawsuit, denying, of course, the accuracy of any of Rodriguez's claims.
For the more than four decades that we have had a collective bargaining relationship with the Major League Baseball Players Association, every player and club dispute has gone through the jointly agreed upon grievance process. This lawsuit is a clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program, and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining agreement.
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.
Rodriguez released his own statement on the matter, as well.
The entire legal dynamic is very complex, and my legal team is doing what they need to in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights. This matter is entirely separate from the ongoing arbitration. I look forward to the arbitration proceedings continuing, and for the day to come when I can share my story with the public and my supporters.
This may or may not impact the arbitration hearing that is already in progress between the two sides. They were set to pick back up on October 14 after the conclusion of business today. A lawsuit takes this whole saga one step further, with MLB being accused of "vigilante justice" instead of following the protocol laid out by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. One thing is for sure, and that's that this will almost certainly get a lot worse before there is any sort of resolution.