A-Rod Walks Out Of Grievance Hearing
NY – Alex Rodriguez took his fight against Major League Baseball out of the hearing room and onto the airwaves Wednesday afternoon, flatly denying on a radio present that he had used any performance-enhancing drugs provided by Anthony Bosch or Biogenesis.
“I did nothing. In regards to the Bosch nonsense? Nothing,” Rodriguez mentioned in an interview on WFAN 660 about four hours after he stormed out of his personal grievance hearing upon studying MLB commissioner Bud Selig wouldn’t be required to testify.
“It was disgusting,” Rodriguez said of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s decision to not enable Joseph Tacopina, Rodriguez’s lead lawyer, to question Selig below oath on Thursday. “This factor ought to have ended with Selig on Thursday and me [testifying] on Friday. But he did not have the courage to look me within the eye.”
Rodriguez mentioned Wednesday night time outdoors the legislation workplaces of Reed Smith in midtown Manhattan he would not return to the listening to room when the grievance resumes Thursday morning on the Park Avenue places of work of Major League Baseball.
“The workforce’s upstairs deliberating, [Rodriguez] will not be there [Thursday], and the [authorized] workforce will figure out the remainder of the options,” Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz stated Wednesday evening.
Jim McCarroll, an legal professional who accompanied Rodriguez to the interview, added, “If Selig would not testify, Alex isn’t going back.”
Tacopina informed Michael Kay on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that Horowitz didn’t contemplate Selig “a crucial witness.” In a statement released Wednesday evening, MLB defined why Selig didn’t testify.
“In the complete historical past of the Joint Drug Agreement, the commissioner has not testified in a single case. Major League Baseball has the burden of proof in this matter,” the statement read. “MLB selected Rob Manfred as its witness to elucidate the penalty imposed in this case. Mr. Rodriguez and the Players Affiliation have no proper to dictate how Baseball’s case is to proceed any greater than Baseball has the proper to dictate how their case proceeds. As we speak’s antics are an apparent attempt to justify Mr. Rodriguez’s continuing refusal to testify beneath oath.”
The double-barreled media blitz – Tacopina appeared on one present at 3 p.m. and Rodriguez on the other about a half-hour later – capped an explosive day by which Rodriguez slammed his fingers on a desk, shouted “That is ridiculous!” and directed a stream of profanities at Manfred, baseball’s COO, who directed the Biogenesis investigation, before storming out of the room shortly earlier than noon.
Manfred declined touch upon specifics of Wednesday’s listening to, citing the confidentiality agreement, but did deny Rodriguez’s cost that he had put the duty for the suspension on Selig.
“I have had no personal conversations in anyway with Alex Rodriguez,” Manfred stated. “It’s simply not true.”
Four hours after the hearing, the third baseman was still steaming.
“I’m so pissed off proper now I am unable to even think straight,” he said.
But Rodriguez and McCarroll found the composure to concern blanket denials of any PED utilization linked with Biogenesis and Bosch, who’s MLB’s key witness in opposition to him, and to accuse Selig of conducting a vendetta towards him.
“Why did Ryan Braun get [solely] sixty five games with a failed drug take a look at? As a result of he’s from Milwaukee?” Tacopina asked, a reference to the group Selig owned earlier than he became commissioner.
As for the 211-game suspension levied on him, Rodriguez mentioned, “I should not even serve one inning.”
Rodriguez additionally acknowledged being “angry” on the Yankees, but said he hopes to be playing third base for them on Opening Day.
“All I want to do is play baseball,” he stated. “This has been a disgusting process for everyone. I’m embarrassed to be involved in it.”
Rodriguez denied having named other players in an effort to exonerate himself and questioned Selig’s motivation in slapping him with the most stringent penalty ever given a baseball player for an alleged PED violation.
“He hates my guts,” Rodriguez stated of Selig. “It is one hundred pc personal. This is all about his legacy. To place me on his mantle can be a big trophy for him.”
Rodriguez also said that at one level in the listening to, Manfred said to him, “This wasn’t my resolution, it was Bud Selig’s determination.”
It was unknown whether Rodriguez’s legal professionals will continue with his protection minus their consumer.
“There will likely be some sort of group dialogue sometime tonight,” Tacopina stated.
Asked if he can be back at the listening to on Thursday, Rodriguez stated, “I’m going residence to see my daughters.”
Baseball released a statement following A-Rod’s walkout expressing its religion within the equity within the course of, and within the evening, the Major League Baseball Gamers Affiliation issued its own assertion disagreeing with Horowitz’s decision to excuse Selig from testifying.
“The MLBPA believes that each participant has the fitting underneath our arbitration process to instantly confront his accuser. We argued strenuously to the arbitrator in Alex’s case that the commissioner needs to be required to appear and testify. While we respectfully disagree with the arbitrator’s ruling, we’ll abide by it as we continue to vigorously challenge Alex’s suspension inside the context of this hearing,” the statement read.
“I have no regrets,” Rodriguez mentioned about waging a fight that seems to be quickly nearing its conclusion. “I’d do it again. It’s the system that is fallacious.”