Alex Rodriguez Storms Out Of Hearing, Calls Proceedings 'Ridiculous'
Alex Rodriguez got up and walked out of his grievance hearing on Wednesday, which will determine his suspension from playing baseball in the MLB, after he became incensed with how things were going.
Alex Rodriguez Storms Out Of Hearing
Rodriguez has spent 12 days of hearings challenging his 211-game suspension, but had enough this week when he learned from arbitrator Frederic Horowitz that MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not have to testify. “This is ridiculous,” Rodriguez reportedly said, slamming the table, adding, “You know you’re full of shit!” to MLB COO Rob Manfred.
Following his outburst and subsequent withdrawal from the hearing, Rodriguez released a statement through his attorneys David Cornwell and Jordan Siev:
"I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails," the statement said. "I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the players' association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.
"The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."
A-Rod Grievance Could Head To Federal Court
Cornwell and Siev stayed behind in the hearing after A-Rod’s departure and have entered as record their belief that the hearing is “an unfair process," according to ESPN. It’s uncertain how the proceedings will move forward, but a spokesperson for the slugger has suggested the fight could make its way to federal court. The MLB, however, believes that their hearing process is just and is the best way to handle Rodriguez’s contractual grievance.
On Aug. 5, Rodriguez was suspended from the MLB due to allegations that he’d violated the league’s Basic Agreement, Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program due to suspected involvement with the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis in Miami. As per league rules, Rodriguez has been permitted to play and practice with the Yankees as he goes through the appeals process.
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