Yankee Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Major League Baseball Association and Commissioner Bud Selig. The New York State Supreme Court
case deals with the alleged “witch hunt” that ensued upon Rodriguez, attacking his character and costing him millions of dollars.
The lawsuit is timely, considering it is the first week of hearings in the Major League Baseball Players Association grievance case, which is seeking to lower Rodriguez’s 211 game suspensions. According to the lawsuit, the suspension will cost Rodriguez tens of millions of dollars in salary from his contract with the Yankees. As part of the $275 million, 10-year contract, he is owed $25 million next year, $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two seasons.
The suit accuses the MLB and Selig of planting stories in the media and stopping at nothing to destroy the Yankee’s reputation. The suit states that these actions were “consistent with Bud Selig’s goal of cementing his legacy as the commissioner who cleaned up baseball.”
MLB issued a statement Friday calling Rodriguez’s legal action “desperate” and said his suit was a “clear violation” of the confidentiality provisions of the Joint Drug Agreement between MLB and the union.
Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz responded in his statement that the league’s violation claim was “preposterous.”
The suit is seeking an unspecified amount in compensatory and punitive damages from the League and Selig for the alleged destruction of Rodriguez’s reputation.
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