Posted August 18, 2013

Alex Rodriguez continues feud with Yankees front office as lawyer alleges malpractice

Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, New York Yankees
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees

Every time it seems as though the A-Rod vs. Yankees saga couldn’t get uglier, the mud starts flying once again. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

It’s been an eventful few days weeks months forever for Alex Rodriguez, between his looming 200-plus-game suspension, allegations that he ratted out other alleged steroids users to MLB, and constant sniping with the Yankees’ front office over all these matters. Apparently believing that his name hadn’t been in the news for far too long (read: at least an hour), A-Rod decided that the bickering with the Yankees hadn’t gotten enough play just yet.

In an article published Saturday in The New York Times, A-Rod’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, alleged that the Yankees, in concert with Bud Selig, were intentionally trying to end Rodriguez’s career so as to avoid paying him the remaining $86 million on his contract and committed medical malpractice to get him off the field. As Tacopina put it:

Tacopina said baseball investigators were trying to ruin Rodriguez with accusations of doping based on the word of the operator of an anti-aging clinic in South Florida “who has no credibility.”

“We have basically had enough,” Tacopina said Friday. “The process is being perverted when they act the way they do to make their case. They are pushing Alex to his limit.”

He added: “The legacy of George Steinbrenner would be horrified. This is the New York Yankees. This isn’t some thug-culture club.”

According to Tacopina, the Yankees were fully aware of A-Rod’s hip injury, which he alleged they had uncovered in an MRI taken during the 2012 playoffs, but continued to play Rodriguez anyway. “They rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer,” Tacopina told the Times. Furthermore, Tacopina claimed that Yankees president Randy Levine told a doctor treating A-Rod ahead of the hip surgery, “I don’t ever want to see [A-Rod] on the field again.”

On top of that, Tacopina attacked the credibility of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch, accused MLB’s investigators of misconduct, and claimed that the commissioner’s office was “working in conjunction” with the Yankees to get Rodriguez banned for life. In short, he did everything but insinuate that Brian Cashman murdered someone and then tried to pin it on A-Rod.

When reached for comment by the Times, Levine denied all of Tacopina’s claims, saying, “It’s pretty sad that any lawyer would make such ridiculous statements.” In a separate interview with CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Levine offered to release the team’s medical records on A-Rod, then asked Rodriguez to release his medical records as collected by Dr. Anthony Galea. Galea, if you recall, was tied to A-Rod through a massive HGH smuggling operation.

“It’s time to put up or shut up,” Levine told Heyman, which is a real sentence said by a team’s president to its nominal star player in this endlessly absurd soap opera.

As for Rodriguez, he had a quiet day at the plate for the Yankees, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in New York’s 6-1 loss to Boston. He’s hitting .279/.367/.395 since returning to the field for the Yankees.

44 comments
RealJDSportsFan
RealJDSportsFan

It looks like Rodriguez and his 'team' are looking to distract everyone from the original story here which is his PED use and they've done so successfully for now. The media and fans are fixated on this story now and little is said about his actual use of PED's. I wrote up an article about this case and the likelihood of Rodriguez successfully suing for malpractice:

http://jdsportsfan.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/alex-rodriguez-to-sue-yankees-doctor-for-malpractice-will-he-win/

Charlie P
Charlie P

I agree with one thing the lawyer says, A-Rat is an "invalid".

mystafugee
mystafugee

Yankees are a joke, Cashman gave him that giant deal knowing he was juicing now he's trying to weasel out.  If ARod was having an MVP type year, I guarantee you the Yankees wouldn't be doing what they're doing so I have no sympathy for them.  

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Tacopina = taco pineapple.   Come on... that's funny! :)

cborgia
cborgia

Tacopina et al sound a lot like Braun did last year, blaming and accusing everybody else. Arod has never done what he's supposed to do, and Tacopina is nothing but a mouthpiece for lies.

He took steroids in Texas, lied about it, and then finally came clean. Sort of.  He violated his contract in NY by seeing the drug doctor Galea.. He violated his contract again by seeking medical help without the consent or knowledge of the team. He's on the Biogenesis list, and while Bosch is not the most credible witness in the world it's pretty clear that the others on that list were doing PEDS. Most admitted it in the end. 

That wasn't enough. He's clearly into suppressing this up to his elbows, and we'll likely eventually find out who squealed to Yahoo. BTW, Yahoo isn't owned by YES, and they likely had corroboration before they went public. That's SOP. 

I stopped giving Arod the benefit of any doubt when I learned he was seeing Galea for treatment. Any fanboys here under 12 are in for a major disappointment. Half the players are into this, which is why their union is defending Arod. Selig still wishes he could defend him too, like he did the other cheats. 

lionoah
lionoah

Whatever anyone thinks of A-Rod himself, baseball and the Yankees don't look good here. As has been said before, 211 games? Really? Because he got caught? For the 1st time? Isn't that a 50 game suspension? What about the other ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE games they're trying to pin on him?

The Yankees most definitely want to et rid of him for all sorts of practical reasons, but that contract is of their own doing. Selig on the other hand is making a mistake and baseball may end up embarrassed here because Rodriguez has nothing to lose but around EIGHTY MILLION which is reason enough to fight tooth and nail. And he most definitely will. What is Selig going to say? "IN my capacity as commissioner of baseball it is my solemn duty to protect the interests of the game and our CBA and Drug agreement outlines that I can do what the hell I want..." It's too nebulous, and baseball has a lot more to lose than Rodriguez and I'm not just talking about having the collective bargaining or anti-trust opened up. PEDs have been in the game for a lot longer than A-ROD...

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

Who has less credibility than A-Roid? His paid shill. This is nonsens, just setting up the impending lawsuit.Early 80s George would have eviscerated A-roid on a daily basis and probably would have eaten most of the contract to get rid of him after the poker fiasco and front page pics of him going into the hotel with the stripper.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

A last minute attempt by this narcissist to get as much attention as possible....before the hammer falls. AND the sports news freaks are having a hand at giving it to him at all costs.  

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

also A-fraud would have a hard time in a lawsuit, as the orignal report was done by the Miami News Times and not MLB.  This guy knows he will lose and again the longer he delays the further he gets from the field as when this is upheld he will be out until june of 2015

TontisAcheater
TontisAcheater

Tiger Woods is a fraud.  Tiger's doctor is Anthony Galea too.  Ban Tiger for life and strip all his phony Major Championship wins.

Riskman5
Riskman5

Team sucks and a fraud at third. Doesn't get much lower.

bcrd500
bcrd500

It is understandable that Rodriquez wants to play to get paid before being suspended but the real question is why the Yankees are putting him on the field? He is not going to get them into the playoffs because he is a shell of his former self. The Yankees should take the high road and find a place on the bench and put him there until he is suspended. Allowing him to play let him pass Stan Musial, in career RBIs and he is only twelve homeruns from tying Mays at 660. Selig has already let Bonds stain Aaron and Maris in the record books and since he refuses to use his office to keep Rodriquez off the field, the Yankees could do everyone a favor and bench him.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

This is all leading up to a huge lawsuit.  The drama is only just beginning.  

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

A rods upcoming book :how to not make friends and influence people

Markus
Markus

This is all just soooo interesting.

NOT !

Riskman5
Riskman5

Proud Yankee franchise. LMAO.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

This is getting better by the day. It couldn't have happened to a nicer organization, the Yankees.



gary41
gary41

I wasn't aware a business can be sued for malpractice (negligence and incompetence).  Only the physician who handled the case can be sued for malpractice.  Whether he was encouraged to play while injured or returned too early from injury are judgment calls and very different matters.  This is all about money.  Contracts in MLB are very different from the NFL, where the player would have been cut long ago, the team owning nothing.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Malpractice, now that is the kettle calling the pot... lol  Show me a lawyer that never had his hands in something grubby ...of the "malpractice" variety and i will show you a unemployed and or broke lawyer barely keeping the lights on in his one room apartment above a bowling alley....

Matthew W
Matthew W

grasping at straws.....


He knows he's done with baseball and no one will touch him for any job or endorsement once he's banned. He HAS to collect every cent he can from the Yankees now because he's unemployable for everything for the rest of his life.

effeweall
effeweall

Arod is the frontrunner for MVP.  I hope he keeps this up.

ToddFuquadPhd
ToddFuquadPhd

I always thought the tacopina was when you put your dong in a taco shell then insert it into a 10 pack of tacos and see who gets lucky.

dinohealth
dinohealth

I do not know what the Yanks and Levine are saying, but, it has been intuitively obvious to the most casual observer that Selig and the Yankees have figured out, long ago, how many tens of millions of bucks railroading Rodgriguez would put in their pockets.  Not to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars that all these "penalties" would collectively save the owners.  To that end, it appears, MLB, the Yanks, and many of strap-hanging writers are doing all they can to drag the squeaky wheel, A-Rod, through the mud by any means possible!  We shall hear a lot of dubious "allegations", from both sides, before this is over!  Ultimately, the owners do not give a crap about the integrity of the game; this is all about money! 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

This gets better, or rather worse, every day. A-Rod will accuse somebody of putting saltpeter in his coffee next. It's all more absurd than a cheap farce. Do you get the feeling that Roger Clemens is texting A-Rod excuses he can use? Pathetic. Just disgustingly pathetic.

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

tacopina -LMFAO total effing loser. Perfect fit for rat boy roidriguez.

DalePearl
DalePearl

and I'm going to cry a river in pity for Alex. He is a victim of his own devices. I am guessing he is also going to blame the Yankees for the hip injury in the first place?

thygeson
thygeson

@mystafugee  Cashman didn't give him the deal.  He was against it.  The owners of the team gave it to him over Cashman's objections.

ChipWelch
ChipWelch

@lionoah 50 games for first offense.  100 games for second offense.  MLB is treating the Bosch and Gallea incidents as separate incidents.  80 games (according to JDA) for dealing as Arod directed players to Bosch.  That is 230 games.  MLB reduced the suspension to 211. 

Read the JDA.  It is available for download on MLB's website.  

TeddyBloomquist
TeddyBloomquist

@lionoah Dude enough with the witch hunt rhetoric. If it becomes evident that he tampered with the investigation and was actively recruiting potential future clients, then MLB should absolutely throw the book at him. If you want to consider him a sacrificial lamb, go for it by all means. But the simple fact is most players and fans want it out of the game. The "they've been around for so long they're a part of the game" argument is super lame. 

Stud1
Stud1

@bcrd500 This is the Alex Rodriguez walk of shame.  Every stop Mariano Rivera is feted and receives accolades or a gift from the opposing team, while Rodriguez gets heckled, jeered and boo'd. A wonderful contrast. This is cathartic for every fan that had to watch Bonds and Clemens slip away in their cloud of blustery denials.  Here he is the last great fraud, other than Selig himself, of the steroid era!!!  Let your voices be heard!!!   Rodriguez will not be the same after his suspension, but he is still full of pompous dismissal right now and strutting above it all.  He should be sent off stage in the proper fashion reserved for the worst antagonists.  Put him in the spotlight everyday for all to see, give him the forum to self destruct in front of an audience.  The fact that the Yankees are mired in last place just gives their fans back their favorite scapegoat. He asked for it, fought for it and here is the reward for his contemptible actions  Beautiful, poetic.  

dinohealth
dinohealth

@Riskman5 LMAO, and, I am a Yankee fan!  Hey, it is a business, nothing else.  Just dragging this witch hunt on and on.  You can expect a lot of dubious charges, from both sides, as the "squeaky wheel" and the owners engage in this real battle.  These owners could care less about the integrity of the game.  They will not hesitate to feed their top gladiators to the dogs if there is a couple of hundred of millions to be put in their pockets!  A-Rod reminds me a bit of Spartacus leading a slave revolt!  They sure are out to crucify him!  Not his fault if the Yanks gave him the dumbest contract in history!  I hope A-Rod sticks it to them and MLB loses its monopoly exemption!

dinohealth
dinohealth

@Arizona-Really-Sucks   Amen!  A hobbled Miggy Cabrera hits a walk-off homer to win another game for the Tigers in his relentless quest to become the first man ever to win back-to-back Triple Crowns AND MVP, and all these "writers" do is give props to MLB's latest monopolistic, money-grabbing scheme and....Mike Trout!  Lol.  Go figure!

Dave C
Dave C

@Matthew W   ESPN will hire him eventually.  Hey, They hired that murderer Lewis for football didnt they?  Why not the most polarizing figure in baseball then?

Mel
Mel

@dinohealth  Dude he got caught...AGAIN. Plain and simple. Accuse all day long. But he did get caught using. That's all I need to know. Maybe if he didn't spend his entire career being a club house cancer and a prick to fans, he wouldn't be so reviled.

tommydawg
tommydawg

@TeddyBloomquist @lionoah Baseball set the precedent for no additional penalty for impeding an investigation just last year when Cabrera tested positive, attempted to set-up a fake "real" website to provide "evidence" that he acted in good faith and wasn't trying to knowingly take any banned substances. He got caught. His additional penalty was no additional penalty. Rodriguez did not test positive (at least not this time since suspensions were added as penalties) and by their own precedent, MLB has no reason to suspend him any additional games.

Riskman5
Riskman5

You are delusional if you think this guy is anything other than a complete stain on the game and Yankee franchise. How can you be a Yankees fan if you think our own organization is so corrupt? Makes no sense. He is not Spartacus. More Pinocchio. Just another liar. And worse would throw anyone under the bus with him.

dinohealth
dinohealth

@Mel @dinohealth   Meh, "Dud-e-ly", he did not get "caught"; he never tested positive!  That is the ludicrous part of MLB witch hunt as it applies to A-Rod.  Clearly, the Yanks and the owners are out to put hundreds of millions of dollars in their pockets, but, it is the fact that a sound drug testing program that works is still not in effect that is clear indication of MLB, Selig, and the owners' hidden agenda.  Instead of turning a page,  years ago, and going forward with a strong drug enforcement program and restoring the integrity of the game,, they are choosing to drag this witch hunt on and on.  Just follow the money trail to figure out why!  I hope A-Rod sticks it to them real good in court, and MLB loses its anti-trust exemption, since it continues to behave like a corrupt monopoly; should be made to comply with the laws of the land!

meandmesa
meandmesa

You mean, " and putting his pr*ck into fans."

dinohealth
dinohealth

@Riskman5   lol.  Yep just another "liar", as you put it, dishing it out in a game that is now full of greedy owners and liars!  It would appear to me that these ladies-of-the-evening catfight's winner should not be judged based on the virtues of the combatants!  :-)