In a development further miring the twilight of Alex Rodriguez's career in litigation, the three-time American League Most Valuable Player's legal team is suing him for what it claims amounts to $380,000 in unpaid legal bills.
According to the New York Daily News, the Atlanta-based law firm Gordon & Rees filed a lawsuit Monday in Manhattan federal court contesting A-Rod did not fully pay for attorney David Cornwell's services. Cornwell unsuccessfully fought to exonerate Rodriguez from blame in the high-profile Biogenesis doping battle, in which it was suggested Rodriguez used illegal drugs supplied by the clinic.
Earlier this month, Cornwell notified Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association he would seek damages from Rodriguez, who turns 39 later this month and had publicly stated he plans to return to baseball in 2015. Rodriguez is currently sitting through a season-long ban from baseball after it was found in 2013 he violated Major League Baseball's Performance Enhancing Drug Policy.
This month, authors Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts revealed in Sports Illustrated for the first time publicly that Rodriguez won his 2007 American League MVP award while being secretly permitted by Major League Baseball to use a powerful anabolic steroid.
- Will Green