Posted November 20, 2013

Alex Rodriguez departs grievance hearing, calls arbitration process ‘abusive’ and a ‘farce’

Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, Performance Enhancing Drugs

Alex Rodriguez has left the building. According to multiple reports, the embattled slugger abruptly departed Wednesday’s grievance hearing after arbitrator Frederic Horowitz ruled that commissioner Bud Selig did not have to testify. Via the Associated Press:

“A person familiar with the session said that after Horowitz made his ruling, the New York Yankees third baseman slammed a table, uttered a profanity at MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and left. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because what takes place at the hearing is supposed to be confidential.”

The ongoing grievance hearing is to determine the merit of Selig’s levying of an unprecedented 211-game suspension for Rodriguez over his violation of the Joint Drug Agreement via his alleged purchase of performance-enhancing drugs from the Biogenesis clinic. Back in early August, 12 players were suspended for involvement with Biogenesis, of whom only Ryan Braun drew longer than a 50-game suspension.

The grievance and its surrounding media circus have featured plenty of drama, not only with regards to the allegations pertaining to Rodriguez, but also his legal team’s counteraccusations toward MLB over the way the league conducted its investigation. Rodriguez is suing the league and the commissioner as well as the Yankees’ team doctor and his connected hospital, and it’s possible he may try to sue the Players Association — whom he has asked to stop representing him — and the Yankees as well. Tuesday’s hearing, for example, featured Rodriguez’s lawyers grilling Yankees president Randy Levine over the possibility that the latter could stand to gain anything personally in the form of a reward or commission for keeping the team under the luxury tax threshold, a task much easier if his suspension for 2014 is upheld.

It’s a colossal mess that points to the likelihood that any kind of suspension applied to Rodriguez — even one of 50 games — will be followed by his team’s legal challenges to the validity of the entire process. Indeed, the statement Rodriguez issued after walking out hints at things heading in that direction:

“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails. I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”

Despite his dramatics, Rodriguez’s actions don’t spell the end of his appeal. The New York Post‘s Ken Davidoff reported that his legal team remained involved in the hearing for another two hours. The hearing is currently scheduled to continue daily through Nov. 26. Once it’s done, Horowitz is supposed to issue a ruling within 25 days of the beginning of the hearing, but numerous breaks in the process — which began back on Sept. 30 — have long since cast that number by the wayside. Even once that ruling comes down, Rodriguez’s actions and those of his legal team, not just today but in recent months, suggest that this sordid saga will be far from over.

41 comments
chipdavis
chipdavis

I've disliked ARod for quite some time, since he left Seattle. However, with Selig and MLB's stance on this, I'm thinking that maybe ha has valid points. We, the public, have no way of really knowing one way or the other. To take a position on issues we, the public, have no real evidence to judge on, is absurd. I like it the fact he "lost" it. Go get'em ARod! Not ONE inning!

BudPhyte
BudPhyte

That walkout was contrived. Probably planned with script written by his pitbull lawyer.  Notice that his team never discusses or defends his alleged use of PEDs. They want to question MLB's motives in going after him. His strategy is all about distraction and luring baseball into a procedural error.  He knows he'll lose this appeal but they want to eventually win in court.

oasis1994
oasis1994

what a PR move by A-rod.

I dont think it worked... no one believes you or feels bad for you

joey311164
joey311164

Go away A-T@RD and don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you, you piece of cr@p.

j.goodwin.125
j.goodwin.125

If this scenario ends the same way for A-Rod by way of a settlement of a fully paid off contract, the other 12 players suspended 50 games and Ryan Braun will have their attorneys petition for them to be fully paid for the suspensions they served for the "good" of the game and this will be quickiy allowed by the Commissioner to cover this mess up.

j.goodwin.125
j.goodwin.125

Most likely baseball will have to come to its sense by paying off A-Rod the full 100M remaining in his contract, thus ending the 211 game suspension.  Yankees won't be penalized under the luxury tax for continuing the payoff through the next four seasons and they will be able to sign other free agents to fill the void he has created.  Reason for this is to bury this sordid mess created by baseball in its efforts to appease the Feds and to protect their lucrative TV/Cable contracts.  

This PED's scandal was taken on by baseball to protect itself from the Feds and to give the impression that they want all players to take only legal supplements.  Feds have been whispering in the Commissioner's ear too long.

Lesson to be learned by all teams is never sign a player to a 10 year contract and only between 3-5 years for choice players.

EarlMalmsteen
EarlMalmsteen

"The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”

What's a farce is how scripted that and his walkout are. This guy has earned absolutely no benefit of the doubt and has demonstrated time and again to be both delusional and dishonest. He refuses to publicly acknowledge any of the mountain of evidence against him which says all you need to know.

BillyG
BillyG

Please, Arod, go away.  Take your ill-gotten millions and start being a real dad.

Jon8
Jon8

The farce is Rodriguez!

The sooner he is out of baseball the better!

BillyG
BillyG

Give A-rod a break.  He was on his period and needed to leave to get Tampons.  Those 'roids cause all sorts of problems for "men".

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

again he wouldn't win as this process has gone on 45 years, what this looks likme is he's getting his butt kicked, he knows he won't get his suspension kicked down and then ian o'connor saying well thet should settle for 50 for each season, for 2001-2003, leaving out 2010, 2011 and 2012 and also that would be after in 2009 he said i never used peds after the 2009 season, so there is that

nd68
nd68

A-Rod = Lance Armstrong

Thats a fact
Thats a fact

why doesn't MLB just leak out the info they have ???? if Aroid is going on the air to deny everything  MLB should just slam him by putting all the evidence out there.

Marty2
Marty2

Lying about PEDs is not lying.  That seems to be the attitude not only of A-Rod, but just about every athlete that has ever taken them.  We've seen this movie before.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

What a despicable little toad. I guess juvenile behavior is all he has left.

ianlinross
ianlinross

A-Rod better fight this with everything he's got, including whining on the radio. If he loses, he loses everything.

berdosux
berdosux

It is kind of shady that Selig wont even come in and get questioned.  I really could care less but that just seems weird to me

SteveBienefeld
SteveBienefeld

Of course, this "abusive process" that Rodriguez whined about was agreed upon by the player's union (along with MLB), applies to all players (not just him), and seems to have been working in acceptable fashion up to this point.  But then again, Rodriguez has always viewed himself as "special", so I imagine that he feels that the rules that have governed this process up to now should not apply to him.  

IndependentsDay
IndependentsDay

I think an aged Roquefort would pair nicely with that whine.  

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

This is how I will approach my next traffic ticket in court 

houndstoothunderwear
houndstoothunderwear

Jewish leaders in america refuse to own up for the damages they do...Selig.....Manfred ...Wall Street criminals....EVERY ONE OF THEM SHOULD BE WATERBORDED

A ROD IS RIGHT

TomOatway
TomOatway

Dung ball cheats the system and then figures he can sue his way out of it

PatriotNut1975
PatriotNut1975

A-Rod is just such a whiner because he didn't get his way.  If you wanna get your way with one of the greatest systems in the industry, then check out sportsbettingstar . com.  Nothing but winning there.

riley8
riley8

There is a farce in all of this A-Roid.  Take a look in the mirror and learn what it is.

duckfan59
duckfan59

Once again A-Roid proves what an immature spoiled whiny brat he is.

One can only hope he decides to walk away from MLB as well. Baseball and the fans would be better off.


inthepresent
inthepresent

@nd68 not really entirely comparable. 

whereas in lance's case, the overwhelming (repeat that word to yourself a few times) majority of his fellow riders are alleged (or admitted) dopers, the majority of alex's are not.

i think that matters. 

considerably.      

inthepresent
inthepresent

@Rickapolis i believe it's only a ploy to get his day in an actual court, and i think it will happen. not because he's right. he isn't and he's guilty as sin. but this process was only to get to the next step and to virtually ensure that this drags out forever. or until he's actually out of baseball. whichever comes first. 

Thats a fact
Thats a fact

@ianlinross well he just went "all in" - with his lawyer on the radio and denied everything that MLB has accused him of doing - so if MLB has actual proof and it comes out , there is no place in America he can go and not be seen as a complete parasite


meandmesa
meandmesa

@houndstoothunderwear Your user name says it all.  Complete and utter moron just flows from your pea sized brain like a waterfall.  Stay thirsty for a cure. It's the only hope you got.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@houndstoothunderwear I'll bet most of those people that you hate for some strange reason know that "America" is capitalized, "waterboarded" has an A in it and also how to properly use the ellipsis. 

inthepresent
inthepresent

@houndstoothunderwear 

excellent! 

you, sir win the prize! 

you are now entered into the competition for biggest idiot of the month! 

but don't rest on your laurels, others are working overtime to one-up you!