Mark Cuban Blasts MLB For The Way They’ve Handled Alex Rodriguez
In case you haven’t noticed by now, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn’t afraid to speak his mind. So when he was asked by Jay Leno on the Tonight Show what he thought about the way Major League Baseball was treating Alex Rodriguez, he didn’t hold back any strong feelings:
“Horrible. I think it’s disgraceful what Major League Baseball is trying to do to him”, Cuban said. “Look, it isn’t that he doesn’t deserve to be suspended. He does. But they have policies in place, you know, first time offenders fifty games, second time a hundred, but two hundred and fourteen games? That’s personal. I got to tell you, my experience with Major League Baseball is that it has basically become Bud Selig’s mafia. He runs it the way he wants to run it. I mean, they don’t want me to buy the team? When I was trying to buy the Texas Rangers it was an open auction, and I sat in there with my good hard-earned money trying to bid, and they did everything possible to keep me from buying the team. They had lawyers in there trying to change the rules, they had people trying to put up more money, I mean, it was horrible. He attacked A-Rod and just did something that was totally outside the rules…If I disagree with the [NBA] commissioner [David Stern], every now and then, I’m not going to back down. Obviously, Bud Selig does not like to be tested. He does not want anybody to stand up to him. This is more about Bud Selig trying to flex his muscles and say look, if you don’t kiss the ring, I’m going to take care of you and kick you out of Major League Baseball, and I think that’s wrong.”
While Cuban isn’t a baseball analyst, he is a passionate sports fan like the rest of us, and I think he has made a lot of very good points. The thesis of Cuban’s argument is that Bud Selig is an egomaniac who wants to remain propped up as king of his own warped world, and I couldn’t agree more. When baseball players first started using PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs) like steroids, Major League Baseball didn’t test and instead decided to benefit off all the money that the players were making for the league. Only when writers and other members of the media started to freak out about PEDs did Bud Selig and Major League Baseball actually try to do something about it, which to me is hypocritical. Cuban is spot on to call it “horrible” for two reasons. First off, this suspension is completely outside the bounds of the rules as Cuban points out, and secondly, Major League Baseball is acting as if they actually care about cheaters and PEDs, which they honestly don’t.
The only reason that they are trying to stop PEDs is that PED usage creates bad PR. Back when Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds were jacking home runs to the moon at historic rates, Selig and his cronies were happy because it was creating good PR and the ratings were going up. They knew steroids were likely involved, but did they care so long as it was bringing in the money and driving up the ratings? The answer is no, they didn’t care. That is why Selig coming in and dishing out wild suspensions to players beyond the scope of what is “standard protocol” is so horrible. He’s behaving like a complete two face and is lying through his teeth every time he makes a public appearance about steroids and PED usage.
For whatever reason, Major League Baseball hates Alex Rodriguez as a person, and so they want him gone. Mark Cuban is spot on, and I applaud him for calling a spade a spade, and exposing Bud Selig for the fraudulent little weasel that he is.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord