It might be the MLB offseason, but that doesn’t mean that Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez is staying out of the news headlines. Quite the opposite, he’s going to be seeing his face all over the front pages again, and not for anything good.
During a grievance hearing today in regards to his current 200+ game suspension for PED violations, Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez walked out of the meeting when arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled that baseball commissioner Bud Selig did not have to testify before A-Rod’s attorneys.
According to ESPN New York and a source close to the proceedings, Rodriguez slammed his hand down on the table and cursed out baseball COO Rob Manfred. The following is courtesy of ESPN New York.
“This is ridiculous,” Rodriguez is said to have shouted after Horowitz issued his ruling shortly before noon at MLB’s offices on Park Ave.
Rodriguez then pointed his finger at Manfred, who directed baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis clinic suspected of being a source of supply of illegal PEDs to ballplayers, and said “You know you’re full of s—!”
Rodriguez issued a statement through his spokesman after the incident. But instead of the typical “damage control” statement, he seemed to be completely defending his own actions. He seemed like he thought he was justified in leaving.
“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails,” Rodriguez’s 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.”
Neither Manfred, Selig nor Joseph Tacopina, Rodriguez’s lead attorney, was immediately available for comment. The spokesman for Alex Rodriguez DID add that he believed that this dispute would end up in federal court.
What do you think?
Was A-Rod justified in walking out of the hearing?
Could he have handled this just a… little bit better?