Posted August 19, 2013

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Alex Rodriguez seemed to make news every few hours Sunday evening. Then, come Monday morning, before many baseball fans had even their breakfasts, his lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, appeared on the “Today” show for an interview with Matt Lauer that resulted in an exchange of documents that could lead to even more revelations coming as soon as later today.

For his part, Tacopina provided Lauer and NBC News with an MRI of Rodriguez’s left hip that was taken before last year’s American League Championship Series against the Tigers and which Tacopina said shows a “hole in his left hip” that indicates Rodriguez’s labrum was already torn prior to that series. If true, that would be a key piece of evidence in the grievance Rodriguez and his lawyers are filing against the Yankees. (Lauer said that NBC is having an independent doctor look at the image.)

Lauer countered the MRI by presenting Tacopina, on air, with a letter from Major League Baseball in which MLB agreed to waive the confidentiality clauses in the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Rodriguez and his lawyers have thus far refused to divulge the details of Rodriguez’s relationship with Anthony Bosch or to directly answer MLB’s charges against Rodriguez citing that confidentiality clause and the need to make their case in arbitration, not in the media.

In his answer to Lauer’s very first question, Tacopina had said, “If the vice president of Major League Baseball would be good enough to waive the confidentiality clause, I’d love nothing more than to talk about Alex Rodriguez’s testing history and various things.”

With the two-page letter in his lap, Lauer replied, “Joe, that office sent us a letter overnight saying they are willing to do exactly that. They sent me a letter saying that if you’ll sign this letter they are willing to waive the confidentiality clause in the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, that they’ll be allowed to talk about everything and you’ll be allowed to talk about everything, and they say that would include all prior violations of the Program committed by Rodriguez, all documents, records, communications, text messages, and instant messages relating to Rodriguez’s treatment by Anthony Bosch.”

Tacopina said he had been asking MLB for such a letter for “three or four weeks” and took the document from Lauer, but did not read or sign it during the interview.

As unsympathetic as Rodriguez and Tacopina — a brash defense attorney whom the New York Post two years ago called “the most hated lawyer in New York” — can be, his assertion that Baseball should have provided him with the letter the night before rang true. Baseball’s tactic of sending the letter not to Tacopina but to Lauer was clearly designed as a gotcha move to embarrass Tacopina on one of our largest national stages, further evidence of Baseball’s underhanded methods in all of this.

Indeed, if there’s anything in that letter that Tacopina finds objectionable, and he refuses to sign it as a result, it will only make him and Rodriguez look worse because of the high-profile manner in which he received it. However, if he does sign it, there could be a flood of information coming from Rodriguez’s camp this week. Stay tuned, as always.

28 comments
DanielHough
DanielHough

Matt Lauer is the quintessential characterization of the main stream media's talking head in an empty suit.  His only concern is burnishing his celebrity.  While he thinks he is an essential element of American life, and the foundation of NBC's empire, the rest of the world knows that were he to disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow, few would notice and few would even care (except perhaps his immediate family, though is arrogant and smarmy demeanor suggests that even they would be relieved).

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 the malpractice suit and other stories while 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/

JohnHill1
JohnHill1

Worst Yankee signing in the history of the franchise.  Steinbrenner should have listened to Cashman from day 1 and we'd be talking about Boston Red Sox player's Alex Rodriguez. Id' take a pen off Steve" Howe's and Ken Phelps over A-Rod.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

What SHOULD be happening but isn't is this. "A-Roid" should be COMPLETELY ignored, and games that he plays in not be nationally shown. ALL reporters should pass on interviewing him too. This is the only way in dealing with a narcissistic SOB who craves constant juvenile attention.  The MEDIA is personally responsible in creating this circus in the first place. Without the media GOONS feeding this story FURTHER......there isn't one other than behind closed doors.

RanBirkins
RanBirkins

Aroid cannot win - in the long run - and Selig cannot lose. Selig WANTED Aroid to refuse the settlement and appeal the suspension because all of the dirty laundry will come out.   If Aroid loses the appeal, then Selig has won because he brought the whole issue to a head.  But if by chance Aroid wins the appeal, Selig will still win because Selig will (1) fire the arbitrator and (2) then use his unlimited Commissioner's "best interest of baseball" power to ban Aroid for life for trying to undermine the investigation.  Aroid holds a losing hand and is trying to bluff his way out of this, but Selig has 5 aces and knows he cannot lose. This is so much worse than the Pete Rose, and Aroid is so much more deserving of a lifetime ban.  Aroid is screwed, which is oh so sweet!

beast
beast

I could already see the Yankees where wanting out of their deal with A-Rod months ago. So I'm not surprised by the hidden MRI. 

MLB and the Yanks wanted this guy to be the bad guy and they've done a beautiful job if brainwashing the weak minded into seeing it that way. 


People, stop being so easy. Everyone knows how to push your buttons and play you. Stop being such a fool. 

likedoohan
likedoohan

If the Yankees really concealed this injury, the questions arising are, "Did playing with this injury make it worse, and did they intentionally let the press trash him?" If this MRI report was available when his attorney says it was, if I were Cano I would be  thinking my next contract would be with anyone but the Yanks. Not defending Arod, but I agree with those who believe MLB, which leaked the "Arod ratted out his teammate and refused a 50 game suspension" stories to be just as unethical.

thygeson
thygeson

It is curious that MLB delivering a letter to Lauer is described as "underhanded" but Arod's lawyer bringing one solitary piece of medical evidence that the Yankees cannot legally address by releasing their own records of Rodruguez is not.  The fact that NBC is having a doctor look at it is just a repeat of Arod sending an MRI to a doctor to dispute his quad strain.  The whole thing is curious at best.  As is the statement "if he does sign it, there could be a flood of information coming from Rodriguez’s camp this week."  I would think that there would be a flood of information coming from both sides should confidentiality be waived. 

BlueMoon
BlueMoon

"Baseball's underhanded methods..."  

Let that percolate for a moment.  Poor Alex...so picked on!

help4mac1
help4mac1

You might all get A-Rod so pissed off he'll start hitting like a madman and the Yanks will pass the BoSox (7.5 games is achievable!). LOL

foxtheory
foxtheory

And the players association will defend this scum till the end. Is time for association to kick him to the curb. No one is talking about baseball anymore. Everything is about lawyers, drug tests and suspensions.

Theo
Theo

Such trash from MLB. The most crooked league and that's saying something. Garbage league officials starting at the top. Absolute scum. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

OK, it was a grandstand move by MLB.

But what A-Rod and his mouthpiece have been doing, isn't?

Come on, Cliffy, you can't whine about MLB playing rough. A-Rod turned down a sweetheart deal (a whole lot less than 211 games) and started it.  A-Rod is a narcissist who seems to trail destruction behind him.  I'm no fan of Bud Selig, but I hope he nails A-Rod to the wall.

bigtifosi
bigtifosi

If a truck ran over A-roid and his attorney, the world would be a better place.  I'm sick of this whole mess and I'm done with baseball.  The fact that a player can be suspended but can continue to play since he has appealed the suspension, and this appeal won't be heard for months...


No more baseball for me, I have had enough.  Hear that Bud?

joey311164
joey311164

@JohnHill1 Actually, it was the player's union that nixed the deal... A-Tard would have taken a pay cut to play for the Red Sox and the player's union would not go for that... check your facts first.

RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold

Using steroids may or may not give you an unfair advantage (considering the possibility that everyone is using some form of PED or supplement in the first place) but ultimately what Pete Rose did was far worse.

Rodriguez's crime affects himself directly, and his opponents indirectly because there's no guarantee that his actions will have an actual advantage in how he performs (most people on here don't understand that steroids and other PED's aren't a magic bullet, they don't suddenly automatically improve your performance, you could take all of them and still suck).

Rose's crimes affected the entire team, the entire city, and the entire league in a direct way. I know he's said he never let his gambling dictate his managerial decisions, but he also told people he never gambled on baseball and we saw how that came out. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@beast  

"Brainwashing the weak-minded."

Such a civilized way to talk about people who disagree with you.

joey311164
joey311164

@help4mac1 When has A-Tard (other than 2009) ever come through in the clutch??? LOL

JohnHill1
JohnHill1

@Theo Yeah A-Roid is a boy scout!  I'm glad MLB called his bluff. 

JohnDThorpe
JohnDThorpe

@MidwestGolfFan @beast But he's right. Many people are easily manipulated and want to see everything as black/white, good/evil. So if A-Rod is evil, MLB must be good.

The reality is that A-Rod is a cheating POS and MLB is somehow even worse, as they've extorted one businessman, held hostage his employees, made mob-level career hit threats against players who wouldn't take their deal, gained evidence through bribes and extortion, and are now colluding with the Yankees to bring A-Rod down -- because he won't go along with it.

A-Rod's an idiot for thinking he could get away with using PEDs. But MLB is even dumber for thinking it could screw over a guy with unlimited money, nothing left to lose, and $100 million dollars that keeps coming to him with each day that this stretches out.

hhuntercali
hhuntercali

arod believes in unequal treatment. don't forget he has admitted to cheating. just not the latest time they've caught him. 

Gary50
Gary50

Much like an addict, A-Rod has all the signs of a persecution complex. Nothing is ever his fault......