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A-Rod amends his lawsuit, assails Bud Selig’s “cowardly stance”

Nov 26, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP AP

Today Alex Rodriguez‘s legal team amended the lawsuit A-Rod filed last month. No legal changes. The biggest factual changes are the inclusion of allegations surrounding Bud Selig’s failure to testify at the arbitration. From the Daily News:

They claim the baseball commissioner’s “cowardly stance” is consistent with his highly inappropriate past conduct – and as proof, they included a photo of Selig posing with a young fan wearing a Cincinnati Reds hat and an “A-Roid” T-shirt. “One cannot imagine the commissioner of any other professional sport – or indeed the CEO of any business – doing something similar with respect to one of his or her players or employees,” Team A-Rod said in the papers filed in Manhattan federal court.

Like so much of the original lawsuit and the public relations strategy Team A-Rod has taken since this drama began, this is all calculated to put Major League Baseball in a bad light and to try to make it appear as if A-Rod never had a chance at a fair hearing, thereby justifying their case being heard in court rather than dismissed as redundant. I’m dubious, however, about its legal merit or how successful it’ll be. It’s a lot of bomb-throwing.

The Daily News — which has spent most of the past decade slamming A-Rod one way or another — certainly thinks it lacks merit. So much so that they took a swipe at one of the people cited in the A-Rod complaint:

 

Well, you’re not exactly the New York Times. Pfft.

  1. 950003cups - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Alex Rodriguez is annoying.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Cups, that’s when he’s sleeping. When he wakes up in the morning, it gets even worse.

    • deathmonkey41 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      I’m kinda liking Crazy Alex.

  2. crispybasil - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Careful, Craig. Your involvement in this is starting to turn into the plot of a John Grisham novel.

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Skipping Christmas?

      • historiophiliac - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Great. Now I have a mental picture of A-Rod’s ass and a syringe with the caption “The Firm” under it. Blech.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        A-Rod has a tapestry of that hanging in his bathroom.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        BTW, I’m kinda disappointed that the comparator in the tweet was Earl Warren. I mean, if you want to compare Craig to a giant in the legal field, the obvious choice is Jackie Chiles.

  3. sfbookreviews - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Since the amendment calls Selig a coward for not testifying, what does that say about the other person who failed to testify? Especially since Selig has never testified in such a hearing while the player has never failed to do so before.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Correct! The Commissioner has never testified in arbitration hearings. On SI.com today, Tom Verducci make fun of this and the other claims by A-Fraud.

      • lirianod - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        The Commissioner has also never suspended someone for 211 games based on a non-analytically positive. Whether you like it or not, this suspension if upheld will set a precedent. Had ARod been suspended for 50-65 games his whole argument about Selig testifying will hold no merit.

  4. sillec28 - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Go away Rodriguez, just go away.

  5. sysi45 - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Whether you like AROD or not, you have to admit that he is determined to go down fighting.

    • km9000 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Going down swinging might be a more apt phrase.

  6. gibbskins9 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I’m A-Rod didn’t testify either and it’s his trial, if I was innocent I would testify under oath, blame everyone else but yourself A-Fraud

  7. mogogo1 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a better guy, but his lawyers appear to be stealing from him. Pointless amendments like this aren’t going to win him this case. At this rate, his lawsuit will get dismissed and he’ll still owe a ton of money in legal fees. He likely could have won arbitration based on there being no precedent for that long a suspension, but he walked out. There’s no strategy to what he’s doing at all.

    • dan1111 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:44 AM

      I am skeptical of your claim that he could have won. Note that the last arbitrator was fired for his ruling on Braun. Also note Craig’s analysis:

      “this is all calculated to put Major League Baseball in a bad light and to try to make it appear as if A-Rod never had a chance at a fair hearing, thereby justifying their case being heard in court”

      Maybe walking out is not so dumb after all. Yes, A-Rod does seem to have a knack for making himself look bad, but I doubt that he is out of control and ignoring his lawyers. Being an elite athlete requires excellent discipline, and surely he can exercize enough discipline to act for his own self-preservation.

  8. Old Gator - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I am running out of popcorn. Too much of the stuff is going for ethanol.

  9. dobber707 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    A-ROD SHUT THE F### UP YOUR A CHEATING A-HOLE…..

  10. serbingood - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    MLB does need any help to be in a “bad light”. Exhibit ‘A': Oakland. Exhibit ‘B': MLB TV streaming. Pay $120+ a year only to be subject to asinine blackout rules with up to 20% of the games you want to see being blacked out.

  11. philliephaninva - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    “a photo of Selig posing with a young fan wearing a Cincinnati Reds hat and an “A-Roid” T-shirt.”

    Really? I’d like to see a picture of Selig wearing a Reds cap and an A-Roid T-shirt. He should change his nickname to “Ahole”.

  12. 4356gejm - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I thought MLB sued the Biogenesis principals. Is there another suit against their principles, too? That shouldn’t survive the principles’ 12-b-6 motion.

  13. cubb1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Is it wrong of me to wish ARod would get kidnapped by Somali pirates.

  14. stamdesign13 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    All this talk about alex…lets go in time…The biggest fraud in baseball has been roger clemmens,went on national television aand lied to officials..the biggest fraud in baseball history.mark maguire,jason giamby,dont follow too far behind roger,,so let this alone…at least he came clea and said he did it…now ask roger…

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