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Alex Rodriguez hires lawyer who helped Ryan Braun win appeal against MLB

Jun 8, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

This should go over well. According to the Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Alex Rodriguez has hired the lawyer who helped Ryan Braun win his appeal against Major League Baseball in 2012.

David Cornwell has joined Jay Reisinger to represent Rodriguez in preparation for a potential fight against MLB. The story was first reported by ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

We learned earlier this week that Rodriguez and Braun are among the players who could face suspensions for their alleged connections to Biogenesis, a now-shuttered anti-aging clinic in South Florida. The clinic’s founder, Anthony Bosch, has agreed to cooperate with MLB’s investigation, though they reportedly have “tons” of other witnesses to help their case.

Cornwell isn’t a bad guy to have on your side, as he helped convince an independent arbitrator to overturn a 50-game suspension for Braun in February of 2012 by arguing that the chain of custody protocol with his drug test had not been followed. While MLB is going after Braun again, Rovell reports that he is not working with Cornwell in advance of the Biogenesis fallout.

  1. anotheryx - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    You can’t even make this stuff up…

    • daviddmsvcp - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Why would someone even want to make this up?

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Cinemax. Turner Network TV. The Sundance Channel. Ed Wood Jr.

      • nbjays - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        You forgot Faux Noise.

  2. pinkfloydprism - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM


    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM


  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Instead of the traditional phrase “batter up” the current phrase du jour is “lawyer up”.

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      You can’t argue with results. This guy sprang Braun. If he can spring A-Roid, he joins the likes of Clarence Darrow, William Kunstler and Vincent LaGuardia Gambini.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Add Jonnie Cochrane to your list.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Edit function: I meant Johnnie

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Oh, and let’s not forget Jorj X. McKie. Since Craig’s aversion to his former lawyerly ways apparently has soured against studying for the Gowachin bar, and especially given what an alien circus this entire Bufogenesis affair has been of which it promises to become much more, A-Road and the rest of them could probably use a seasoned Legum as well.

      • bigharold - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        You left out J. Cheever Loophole, .. Legal Eagle.

        My personal representative.

  4. natslady - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Who cares? Really, who cares? Maybe a lawyer will help some of the minor players, but A-rod’s reputation is gone gone gone like that ex-girlfriend who’s never coming back! 😉

    Yawn. Do I have to get some more Bryce pictures???

  5. pisano - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    How I wish the Yankees could be rid of this guy.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      The Yankees bought him fair and square. I doubt that he is ever going to walk away from that contract.

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        If his baseball skills have diminished, perhaps the Steinbrenners can use him for their secret underground Mandingo fighting league.

      • bigharold - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        “The Yankees bought him fair and square.”

        Hey, .. the Beavermen got out from under Well’s contract. Fair is fair.

  6. cackalackyank - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Yea, see I’m thinking that beefing up one’s legal representation is not the activity of someone that has nothing to hide and is absolutely certain they are above reproach in the way they have condcuted their affairs. Definitely not a Public Relations tour de force. If you are innocent why do need MORE lawyers, let alone having a lawyer at all?

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Because the organization that’s after your ass has limitless funds for legal muscle of their own. You can’t possibly be naive enough to believe that mere innocence covers your ass in this cash-driven legal system of ours, can you?

  7. neelymessier - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I don’t believe A-Rod or Braun are innocent. Still, innocent people need lawyers. It would be a bad choice to walk into court w/o a lawyer simply because you are innocent. The other side has a lot invested in the other interpretation of your actions and knows how t interpret the law and contracts.

    Braun got off not because of a true chain of custody issue. He got off because the drug testing section of the union contract specifies that it must be flown to the lab via Fed-Ex on the same day it is collected. There was zero evidence there was anything wrong with his sample or that it had been tampered with. So the league violated a contract they signed. Lucky for Braun.

    I don’t think Braun’s lawyer is anymore prepared for what’s coming. If it’s just the testimony of a busted steroid dealer and a few handwritten notes, that won’t be enough. But if he has financial records, shipment records, emails etc? They will go down for 100 games each.

  8. buffalomafia - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Did anyone notice once A-Rod was off the juice his stats went down hill?

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Everyone did. Glad to see the dog finally woke you up. Now go feed him.

    • jwbiii - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      We’re not actually sure when he was using and when he wasn’t. But his performance certainly took a nosedive after his hip problems started.

    • pisano - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM


  9. huskerguy - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Guilty til proven innocent… The NEW America

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Nope, just the good ole America gone digital. Not much has changed.

    • badintent - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      OLD America. Just ask anyone that has been ask to a meeting with the IRS Nazis.

  10. immafubared - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Ok so the lawyer He hires and Braun hires is going to go up against a sleeze who supposedly sold them PEDS?

    Lets see if I understand this. If the seller was the sleeze then I must assume said sleeze would have kept meticulous records incase said sleeze needed proof down the road to save said sleezes arse. So now I’m suppose to think that said sleeze wrote down names of people who did not buy PEDS from him and why would he do that?

    My money is on said sleeze because he has nothing to gain now other than to tell the truth and try and save himself. At this point he could care less about anyone else mentioned, they are on their own.

  11. 13arod - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    not guilty

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Gowachin guilty!

    • theskinsman - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Not intelligent, as usual.

  12. cowboyzshininstar - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM


  13. insidefastball - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Assume he doesn’t get suspended….does ARod really want to endure the humiliation of facing the fans every day, while he struggles to match Jeff Keppinger’s production. His name will help ticket sales for road games. Everyone will show up to boo and taunt him. Each game will be hell for him. He would be better off retiring to a nice coastal property outside the U.S.

    • badintent - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      Rumor is that after selling his Miami whorehouse, his NYC digs may go on the block. He might get mugged outside his building, this is Manhattan we talking about !!The line starts around the block.!

  14. ironman721 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM


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