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Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer accuses the Yankees of being misleading about his client’s injury

Aug 17, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

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When denying a report that his camp had leaked the names of Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli to the press, Alex Rodriguez cryptically said yesterday that “for the next seven weeks, it’s going to be a very, very bumpy road.” He wasn’t kidding.

Rodriguez’s bombastic new lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, has made some pretty bold claims in an interview with the New York Times, the most prominent of which is that the Yankees hid results of an MRI that showed a torn labrum in his hip and allowed him to play hurt in the postseason last year.

“They rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer,” Tacopina said.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg in Tacopina’s all-out-assault. In addition to claiming that the Yankees and MLB are working in concert to ruin his client, he relayed a supposed conversation where team president Randy Levine wished A-Rod’s hip injury would prevent him from every playing again.

Rodriguez learned the extent of his injuries in the off-season, and the Yankees sent him to Dr. Bryan T. Kelly, a prominent surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Tacopina said Kelly later told Rodriguez that before the surgery, Levine told Kelly, “I don’t ever want to see him on the field again.”

“It sent chills down Alex’s spine,” Tacopina said.

And while the “What would George do?” card is usually reserved for hacky columnists, Tacopina found a way to use it in defense of his client.

“We have basically had enough,” Tacopina said Friday night. “The process is being perverted when they act the way they do to make their case. They are pushing Alex to his limit.”

He added: “The legacy of George Steinbrenner would be horrified. This is the New York Yankees. This isn’t some thug-culture club.”

Oh, how soon we forget Howie Spira. In any case, Levine told the New York Times that “each and every one of these allegations is specious and completely false.” He also told Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger that A-Rod needs to “put up or shut up” and file a grievance if he “really believes” that he was mistreated by the team.

By the way, Rodriguez is in the lineup at third base this afternoon against the Red Sox. This situation is reaching new levels of awkward.

  1. dumbhobby - Aug 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Liar = this guy.

    • jwbiii - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      Are you referring to Rodriguez, Selig, or Levine?

      • diehardtwinsfan - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM


  2. tfbuckfutter - Aug 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM


    Being Alex Rodriguez


    Being Alex Rodriguez’ lawyer


    • gmsingh - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      c) Bud Selig. Baseball has reached the level of the Black Sox scandal. This should have been taken care of in the 90s. It’s now 2013. At the time Selig had a sh*t eating grin on his face, saying “Look how much money we’re making!” Now, almost 20 years later he’s saying the same thing. He’s using this as a crutch to get rid of A-Rod and save the Yankees millions. But the lawyer’s a joke? How stupid are people?

  3. okwhitefalcon - Aug 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    “He added: “The legacy of George Steinbrenner would be horrified. This is the New York Yankees. This isn’t some thug-culture club.”


    The Boss would’ve had ARod whacked by now and bragged about in the press box.

  4. sabatimus - Aug 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Aaaand cue the pot-kettle comments.

  5. righthandofjustice - Aug 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Surprising? Think why A-Rod hired a criminal lawyer…

    Obviously he has things to do beyond civil contract disputes.

    This case is heading to the Fed.

  6. Carl Hancock - Aug 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Implying George Steinbrenner would have somehow proved of ARod after everything he’s done is a sure. He would have been horrified at ARod tarnishing the Yankees legacy. George could hold a grudge and you can be sure ARod would have ended up on the wrong side of it if he was still alive.

  7. penzfan329 - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Please stop writing about this guy

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Please stop writing complaints about people writing about this guy.

      • joshshaine - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

        Please stop writing…

        Oh, never mind!

  8. JustMeMike - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    As The World Turns
    Days of Our Lives

    Baseball as a TV soap opera – this is what we have to look forward to until:
    a) the A-Rod suspension begins after the appeal is decided
    b) A-Rod retires
    c) The world ends
    d) All of the above

  9. thebadguyswon - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Does anyone really care anymore? I mean by now, everyone knows the deal. And at the end of the day, its about a baseball player and whether or not he used PEDs. Going to get boring quick.

  10. bobwheel - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    These people all need to go away.

  11. doggeatdogg - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    First AR gets accused of snitching. The logic being that MLB was concentrating only on AR, so to divert the focus, others were thrown in the fire. So it’s no surprise that within hours of this accusation his camp responds by giving hearsay comments from a surgeon who will now have to testify under oath at some point that he was instructed to violate all kinds of laws and maim AR. This is a serious charge. If not true, the Yankees and Levine may be within their rights to sue just on this latest event alone. The surgeon who is mentioned by name will now have to get a lawyer because HIPPA laws will prevent him from saying anything AR may have said to him although he may be able to refute this publicly. Also, the hospital administration should have been notified by the surgeon that the patient’s employer/insurer via the Yankees suggested less than standards of care to ensure incapacitation. In essence, AR can implicate the hospital as well not just the surgeon. Considering where this is going, the hospital administrators in charge of risk management will have to review this charge even if the surgeon does not come forward. Lastly they need to appoint a master now to silence them all then duke it out in a court of law. At this point, the AR situation has gone bizarro.

  12. catmom3057 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    A-Rod is unquestionably the most over-rated, disgraceful player in history (if you don’t count Pete Rose who was banned for life. This clown deserves nothing less, and I deplore the idea that young wanna-be athletes even consider him any kind of ‘Role Model’….He should be stripped of every title and drowned in obscurity…

    • cohnjusack - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      A-Rod is unquestionably the most over-rated, disgraceful player in history

      –Ty Cobb punched a black man for being “uppidity” and stabbed another black man who tried to intervene.
      –Jose Canseco is know to have assaulted multiple people, including his various wives
      –Mel Hall raped multiple children and is serving 45 years in prison
      –Julio Machado committed murder
      –Denny McLain…need I add to this one?
      + many, many others.

  13. serbingood - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    More A-Rod stories. Much more please..

    I need to forget that the Congress is dysfunctional. I need to forget that the Middle East is on fire. I need to forget that our economy is struggling, the GOP has turned into the party of anti-science, pro wealth, anti education, voting and women’s rights political arm of democracy.

    I need to forget that people are starving in this country and our Veterans need more medical and mental health assistance. I need to forget that there is now something called Fox Sports 1 in the airwaves.

    Take 2 A-Rod stories and call me in the AM. The perfect diversion for the dog days of August. Simply perfect.

    • eatitfanboy - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      You probably shouldn’t come to a baseball blog looking for stories about that stuff.

  14. andyreidisfat - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Just so you know it’s hipaa not hippa

  15. titansbro - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    A-Rod & the Yanks sooooo deserve each other.

    • theskinsman - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Titans, you’re 100% right. Never has an organization and player deserved each other more.

  16. j0esixpack - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    All I know is that I’m having a craving for tapioca pudding for some reason

  17. gatorjr - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    A-Rod should be banned for life and his contract rescinded and he should have to repay the Yankees the money he’s been paid for CHEATING to get that huge money contract. Also erase his name from the record books!!!

  18. brooksob53 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    A-Rod has made $350 million dollars in salary so far in his career with another $100 million plus on the docket. Add in all the other money he’s made off the field and it’s safe to say his lawyer game is on point. Selig and the Yankees are gonna wish they didn’t single him out. Especially if this story is true and the Doc comes out and supports A-Rod’s claim. Steinbrenner might as well make him a 50/50 partner.

  19. sailbum7 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I just wish MLB would hurry up and suspend ARod for life. His actions have definitely reflected negatively on baseball as a whole so the league has the justification for doing this. ARod is an over paid prima donna and I am getting sick and tired of hearing about him. No player is worth all this drama, no matter how good a player he is, or should I say was in ARod’s case. ARod surely is not worth all this aggravation since he is past his prime and his playing skills will only continue to go down hill from here.

  20. rockwallfields - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    AR is a lot of things, but he is NOT the most over-rated player ever, as suggested above. In fact, he is one of the most talented MLB players ever to step on the field, and that began long before he ever heard of steroids. He may be a cheater and he may have some serious personal problems that have worked their way into his professional life, but for many years, this guy was a phenom in the field and at the plate – which to me, makes it so sad that he has become a punchline on par with the Kardashians, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton types. He has left the front pages based on merit long ago; and he has gotten back on the front page for all the wrong reasons.

    But guess what happens to these cheaters after they retire? Have you heard much from Sammy Sosa, Juan Gonzalez, Barry Bonds, or Rafael Palmeiro lately? One of their punishments (with few exceptions – like Mark McGuire, for example) is to be banished from conversations of sports enthusiasts for the rest of their lives – except for the occasional reminder of their shame. Now THAT’S a serious punishment that I assure you crushes these egomaniacs! And, for the record, screw Mark McGuire – he’s no better man than Ryan Braun.

    • peymax1693 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Couldn’t agree more. With all the talk about the people ARod betrayed by using PEDs, he betrayed himself most of all. In my mind, he had the talent to be one of the best ever, but for whatever reason he didn’t believe in himself enough to stay clean. What a pathetic waste.

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  22. mrznyc - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Good chance he was on the juice for every pro game he ever played, therefore, good chance he’s over-rated.

  23. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    @rockwallfields: “that began long before he ever heard of steroids.”

    That ship has sailed. He was using PEDs in high school at LEAST according to the SI story, and with his cousin Yuri able to get them over the counter in the Dominican, maybe as far back as LITTLE League…who the hell knows. We DO know he is a bald faced liar, and of these, like AR and Braun, expect the worst, because the worst is always yet to come. Without PEDs he might have always been a scrawny little midget, who the hell can possibly know?

  24. eatitfanboy - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    As a lifelong Yankee fan, I can tell you that this is EXACTLY the type of thing Steinbrenner would have done. In fact, he would have gone a lot further. He would have a team of private investigators digging up dirt on Arod and would probably pay his personal chef to spike his food with PEDs.

  25. banger60 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    i’m a Yankee fan but enough already, I was sick of this sh*t weeks ago, all this stress has made my beer bill soar!, I cant take no more, off to the fridge!!!!!

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