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A-Rod’s lawyers want the feds to investigate Major League Baseball

Nov 6, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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Another day without actual arbitration proceedings, another day with lawyers in the A-Rod case finding a camera and going off. This from Lanny Davis, lawyer to A-Rod and former lawyer to Bill Clinton. So he knows from media attention:

“I repeat my request that U.S. authorities should initiate an investigation as to whether any federal crimes have been committed by MLB investigators as well as those in the Commissioner’s office who may have been complicit in this misconduct — for example, in the purchase of stolen documents; or whether MLB filed information with the IRS that federal law requires for this type of a commercial transaction involving $125,000 in cash.”

That’d be the $125,000 paid for documents — or whatever it paid for — from Biogenesis. That were stolen, by the way, but never you mind.

Indeed, it’s hard to look at everything Major League Baseball has done — or, at the very least, is accused of doing — in the course of the A-Rod investigation and not believe that it’s, at best, acted a bit shady. I mean, buying stolen documents for $125,000 is not exactly your typical employment discipline scenario.

That said: fat chance of anything coming of this.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I propose an arbitration agreement where A-Rod and Bud Selig both have to go the hell away.


    • flamethrower101 - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Bud Selig is forming a committee to weigh the appeal options of that decision.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Send them both to the Oakland Coliseum.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Is that the one with the lions?

        Send them to the one with the lions.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Worse. It has poop

      • mgflolox - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Lion poop?

    • buffalochris - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      How is MLB not culpable of Possession of Stolen Goods at the very least?

      Possession of stolen goods is a crime in which an individual has bought, been given, or acquired stolen goods some other way (other than they themselves having stolen them).

      In many countries, if an individual has accepted possession of goods or property and knew they were stolen, then the individual is typically charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the stolen goods. If the individual did not know the goods were stolen, then the goods are returned to the owner and the individual is not prosecuted.

      …so at the very least they owe the documents back to Porter Goss and no longer have whatever evidence they claim to have. He was the last official record of possession by reporting them stolen, no? I’ve never heard that Biogenesis reported them stolen.

      And how is Gary Jones skating at the moment? You’d have to think in the very least he SHOULD BE charged in order to validate MLB position that “they didn’t know” therefore only leaving only him to be “knowingly” possessing the stolen goods.

      At the very least this makes a mockery of our legal system! It’s cool if MLB has stolen goods, but no good if my son happens to have bought a stolen ATV, right?

      • buffalochris - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        In the United States, Receipt of stolen property is a federal crime under 18 U.S.C. § 2315, defined as knowingly receiving, concealing, or disposing of stolen property with a value of at least $5,000 that also constitutes interstate commerce (i.e., has been transported across state lines).

        A person can be found guilty of that offense only if all of the following facts are proven:
        -The person received or concealed or stored or disposed of items of stolen property.(CHECK)
        -The items were moving as, or constituted a part of, interstate commerce. (CHECK)
        -The items had a value in excess of $5,000. (CHECK)
        -The person acted knowingly and willfully. (CHECK)

        How is Porter Fischer (not goss) allowed to walk out of work with documents that don’t belong to him and that too NOT considered a crime? I know whistle blower status (weak is all I have for that)

      • righthandofjustice - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        According to Fisher (and not denied by Bosch), he is a partner of the business – Fisher paid Bosch money up front and solicit clients for him. Bosch pretended to be a doctor, diagnosed and advised the clients.

        Since Fischer is a partner of the business, it is ok for him to take the documents.

  2. chacochicken - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    So who is going to out smarmy dirtbag bastard who? I feel like Bud and MLB just wants it more. Call it tWtW.

    • ilovegspot - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Alot aof aroid paid minions commenting here. Just like the ones outside the courthouse.

  3. pappageorgio - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Sometimes you have to be a little shady to catch shady individuals.

    Braun and A-Rod= shady. I mean ARod is out there attempting to bribe/buy evidence with the intention of destroying it. ARod also absolutley tryed to buy Bosch’s cooperation….MLB just made a better offer.

    MLB is not the cops…..they do not have to give ARod all of his consititutional rights. They do have to follow the CBA. If they have done that, then they have met their side of the agreement. ARod has to folllow that too…not taking drugs, performance enhancers, or participating in conduct detremental to baseball.

    And that $125,000……MLB is a big corporation, I’m sure they have their paperwork in order. This is just a cheap method of getting headlines.

  4. joestemme - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    A-Roid can go F#CK himself and his investigation.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Baseball is not Shady. If they were, Lanny Davis would be working for them :)

  6. happytwinsfan - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    thank god for mississippi and the nfl police blotter.

  7. doctornature - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Arod just announced that he is going to investigate himself, in the interest of needing another headline

  8. bh192012 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Are they saying that MLB needs to pay sales tax on the documents or something? Isn’t that the responsibility of the document vendor. Same with income tax on that transaction. If Lanny is concearned that MLB won’t record that transaction on their expenses for yearly tax refund purposes, I’m still not understanding the problem here?

    What am I missing?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      To answer the question – and not to take sides – any cash transaction over $10,000 has to be reported to the IRS. Its a rule designed to prevent money laundering. In other words, it has nothing to do with anything here. Davis may as well be asking if Bud Selig used his turn indicator – as required by law – on the way to the Arbitration hearing

  9. rayburns - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Wah, no one’s paying attention to me!

    • rayburns - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Or I should say,

      “Wah, no one’s paying attention to my client!”

  10. mogogo1 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    This would be a far bigger deal if everybody didn’t hate A-Rod so much. It took a lot of years, but I bet Selig is finally enjoying being able to dump on somebody hated more than he is himself.

    • jwbiii - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      I think you’re assuming the answer to that question.

  11. kgsmith - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I guess I just do not understand.. My belief is no matter how the “documents” were put in the hands of MLB is not the point. The point is did Alex Rodriquez cheat? That is the purpose of the investigation. If MLB went about it the wrong way, so be it, then that is a different case. Why are Alex and his lawyers upset about this? If he did not do anything wrong, as they say.. then why all the fuss over the documents? Alex is a cheater, always has been and my personal opinion, I think the fans, and major league baseball should be compensated for his false advertising of skills. He knowingly cheated to get the money he did. This money was paid by the fans through jersey, ticket sales, etc..

    • righthandofjustice - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Yes, exactly they are different cases and A-Rod’s side said. However, since it is a CRIME, they should be investigated by the authorities.

      How can you say, if MLB went about it the “wrong way” then so be it? Criminals need to be punished.

  12. mornelithe - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    As long as MLB wasn’t personally involved in the original theft, there really isn’t anything wrong with it. However, I believe had this occurred in criminal court, there’s probably something illegal there.

    Nice scorched earth policy Rodriguez has here, burn the whole thing down just because he got busted doing numerous things, he shouldn’t have.

  13. rje49 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I’m just as sick of hearing about A-Rod and all his legal wrangling as anybody. But, when and if this thing ever gets settled, even if they find A-Rod “innocent of everything”, we will still despise him just as much as if he were found “guilty of all charges” because of all the crap he and his lawyers are pulling. Looks like this will still be going on come spring training. As far as his image is concerned, it’s at rock bottom and ain’t never coming back up.

  14. righthandofjustice - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I think A-Rod’s lawyers want the government to probe into more than just the stolen document case, which supposedly is under the investigation of the Boca Raton police already.

    Fischer told his story here:

    He said MLB made an unsolicited offer of $125,000 for his documents. He turned it down and tried to flee with the documents in his car. His documents got stolen by somebody. He called the police for protection. Ironically, MLB paid the exact $125,000 in stacks of $100 bills to the suspect Gary Jones later. Alright, you can use your imaginations…

    • righthandofjustice - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Also there are names of police, judges, attorneys and other people on the list of documents, which may have tied to selling PEDs to the minors… So it is eminently logical a government probe is required.

  15. rangermania - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    A-Rod is desperate. Flailing wildly. He is panicking because he has a juicy contract and he can’t perform. His numbers getting worse last 5 years and his post seasons are pathetic. Now his body is breaking down as well. Team A-Rod is throwing everything up against the wall hoping something will stick and distract the hearings.
    He lied and squirmed and then avoided the suspension – the only one to do so.
    Feel sorry for A-Rod. He is probably toast. He will never get in the Hall. And he will probably end up broke.

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