Report: Alex Rodriguez sues MLB for Biogenesis 'witch hunt'
Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball for allegedly buying the cooperation of Anthony Bosch in its Biogenesis "witch hunt," according to the New York Times.
Rodriguez appealed his 211-game suspension for violating MLB's joint drug agreement to an arbitrator at league headquarters in New York on Monday.
MLB said the suspension was "based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years." He also was disciplined under the collective bargaining agreement "for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner's investigation."
The Times reports:
In the complaint, Rodriguez’s lawyers claim an investigator paid $150,000 in cash for records related to Rodriguez, which were apparently stolen. A portion of the cash “was handed off in a bag at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area restaurant,” the lawsuit says.
Among the allegations, Rodriguez’s lawyers wrote that Major League Baseball had paid Bosch, the head of the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., a total of $5 million in monthly installments “to buy his cooperation,” citing “at least one individual who claims to have knowledge of Mr. Bosch’s deal.” The lawyers said that baseball also promised to provide security for Bosch, cover his legal bills and indemnify him from civil liability stemming from the case.
The Times reports that Rodriguez's attorneys have included MLB Commissioners Bud Selig in the lawsuit.
Bud Selig, the commissioner of baseball, was named as a defendant in the suit, but the Yankees, who owe Rodriguez $86 million after this season, were not, nor were any of the team’s officers.
Bosch founded the Biogenesis clinic, which distributed performance-enhancing drugs to professional and amateur athletes, including Major League Baseball players. He has been MLB's chief witness and reportedly provided investigators with documents and electronic communications tying Rodriguez and 12 other players to the obtaining of performance-enhancing drugs through his clinic.
Newsday reported on Thursday that Rodriguez's attorneys began cross-examining Bosch as part of the appeals hearing.
From the New York Daily News:
Rodriguez’s attorneys were also expected to accuse MLB officials of intimidating Bosch into cooperating with them, and then buying his testimony. Bosch is a defendant in a lawsuit MLB filed in Florida state court in March that accuses him and other Biogenesis associates of tortious interference with baseball’s basic agreement with the Players Association. MLB agreed to drop Bosch from the suit, cover his legal expenses, indemnify him from litigation that may arise as a result of his testimony and put in a good word with law-enforcement officials.