Rodriguez sues MLB and Selig for 'witch hunt;' league calls suit 'desperate'

  • Article by: LARRY NEUMEISTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 4, 2013 - 2:40 PM

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, accusing them of pursuing "vigilante justice" as part of a "witch hunt" designed to smear the character of the Yankees star and cost him tens of millions of dollars.

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jjones500Oct. 4, 1310:18 AM

Really? He should go away quitely, as Selig will now likely ban him for life a la Pete Rose.

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sluggo220Oct. 4, 1310:20 AM

A-Rod, please go away.

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efrik1Oct. 4, 1310:20 AM

Hey Alex, don't go away mad, just go away.

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th3171Oct. 4, 1310:23 AM

This is a waste of time and money. The fact that he has money to sue MLB indicates that he has plenty of money. Good luck A-Rod. Plenty of evidence against you.

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ericgus55Oct. 4, 1310:24 AM

Now, as much as I dislike Alex Rodriguez, he should sue and he should win. MLB has an agreement in place with the players (MLBPA, their union) which prescribes a 50-game ban for a first offense. Now, we all know about Mr. Rodriguez's other PED "crimes," but none of those were punishable (it was improperly leaked information), which makes him technically a first-time offender. Ryan Braun should have also been given a 50-game suspension (technically, his was also a first-offense), but he voluntarily accepted a longer ban to avoid his information becoming public (just as Pete Rose did when his gambling was discovered). As much as I think Mr. Rodriguez is a cheater and a lousy human being, he should not accept this arbitrary suspension (or his lost income) without a fight.

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jimbo7Oct. 4, 1310:28 AM

He should accept his penalty and just go away.

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bythebeachOct. 4, 1310:31 AM

I am so sick and tired of people, particularly athletes, flouting rules, laws, etc., and then suing when they're called out on their behavior and punished. His argument is bogus. For years now, major hitters like Bonds, Sosa and more have been facing intense scrutiny and hearings over their behavior. The problem has been finding people to nail them with evidence. Unfortunately for Alex, there's a smoking gun in his case. He needs to get over himself and go away quietly.

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samihoustonOct. 4, 1310:41 AM

Have you not ruined your reputation enough A-rod? Just go away before you embarrass yourself any further. You disgust me.

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gurquhartOct. 4, 1310:59 AM

He thinks the suspension "may" affect his ability to achieve performance-based bonuses worth additional millions? He already had virtually NO chance of putting up the numbers to achieve those bonuses (including the career HR record), even without a suspension. And obviously, he's probably hit at least 100 HR's just due to steroids, so if he'd gotten the record it would have been just as tainted as Bond's "record" is. Or even more so-- it's possible A-Rod played more of his career while "juiced" than Bonds even did.

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adamskoglundOct. 4, 1311:14 AM

It's a desperate move of a desperate man. Thing is though, with this bit here...."The suit claims Selig and MLB tried to smear Rodriguez's reputation to "gloss over" Selig's past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball, which the lawsuit said had turned the "Golden Age of Baseball" into the "Golden Age of Steroids." The lawsuit said Selig hoped to redeem himself and secure his legacy as the "savior" of America's pastime. "Taking down Mr. Rodriguez would vividly demonstrate that Commissioner Selig had learned from the errors of his previous explicit or tacit tolerance of steroid use," the lawsuit said." He's kind of got a really great argument.

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