ESPN is reporting that New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball on the basis of contract and business relationship interference. He is claiming that commissioner Bud Selig obtained evidence with a goal to ruin Rodriguez’s career.
The lawsuit alleges that Selig and other baseball officials have had one goal: “to improperly marshal evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez, one of the most accomplished major league baseball players of all time.”
The lawsuit also claims that Selig is using Rodriguez as a scapegoat to turn the light away from his own failures in handling the performance enhancing drug scandal in MLB.
Rodriguez’s lawyers argue that MLB is trying to make an example of Rodriguez “so as to gloss over Commissioner Selig’s past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance enhancing substances in baseball (not to mention his multiple acts of collusion), and in an attempt to secure his legacy as the ‘savior’ of America’s pastime.”
This is obviously a move of desperation by Alex Rodriguez and his camp. They see very few alternatives and the writing seems to be on the wall for Rodriguez and possibly his career. If he loses the appeal of his 211 game suspension than the Yankees will very likely try to void his bloated and extravagant contract. With all of the injuries that Rodriguez has sustained over the last few years it will be difficult for him to even find work and he certainly won’t get paid nearly what he was making in New York.
This lawsuit is intriguing though. If Rodriguez is able to prove that the evidence was obtained by MLB in an improper way, then he could receive even more money than he was already scheduled to make.
One thing seems certain, it is doubtful that Rodriguez will be in a uniform for much of next season, if any of it.