Alex Rodriguez has been Major League Baseball’s public example of what they’ll do if they catch a player using performance enhancing drugs. The New York Yankees infielder was suspended for the entire 2014 season after being accused of taking performance enhancing drugs, and then lying about it (again). Rodriguez vehemently denied this and tried to fight the suspension by suing MLB.
According to Yahoo! Sports and their sources, Rodriguez i dropping the suit he filed against the MLB so that he can prepare for his comeback in the 2015 season.
Despite all this, Rodriguez seems to be making the most of his extended free time. He’s going on a cross country road trip with his family. He plans on taking classes at the University of Miami this fall to work on his MBA and he workouts every single day, making sure to stay in shape for when he returns.
Rodriguez was probably smart to drop the lawsuit if he wanted to play in the 2015 season and get paid the full 40 million the Yankees will owe him. The lawsuit he was planning on looked like it was going to go for quite awhile, and had he lost, could have cost him some money.
At the same time, it’s slightly disappointing to see Rodriguez not go through with his lawsuit. Major League baseball’s handling of him, and every other PED case has been criticized for being extremely hypocritical and downright despicable. Players in the early steroid years were demonized by MLB despite always looking the other way when it came to the amount of money those players were making them. Then in the later years, every steroid case has been a total witch hunt. Going off little evidence and sketchy sources just to for the sake of looking good in the eyes of the public. Rodriguez isn’t the first and he won’t be the last player MLB publicly crucifies in their hypocritical steroid war.