Alex Rodriguez sues Major League Baseball, Selig

Sat Oct 5, 2013 9:16am EDT
 
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career.

The embattled third baseman also filed an additional malpractice lawsuit against the Yankees team doctor Chris Ahmad and a New York hospital for misdiagnosing a hip injury, according to MLB.com.

Rodriguez, who was suspended for 211 games for his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs, claims the league and commissioner are engaged in "vigilante justice" and are interfering with his lucrative contracts and business relationships.

MLB and Selig are trying to make an example of Rodriguez, the lawsuit said, "to gloss over Commissioner Self's past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance enhancing substances in baseball ... and in an attempt to secure his legacy as the 'savior' of America's past time."

Filed in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday, the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

MLB responded to the lawsuit by issuing their own statement, denying the allegations made by Rodriguez and accusing him of trying to circumvent the grievance process of the league and its players.

"For the more than four decades that we have had a collective bargaining relationship with the Major League Baseball Players Association, every player and club dispute has gone through the jointly agreed upon grievance process," MLB said.

"This lawsuit is a clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program, and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement."   Continued...

 
New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez (C, in white) poses for a photo with a supporter after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri