Alex Rodriguez’s attorneys vow to release all evidence, take case to federal court

November 22, 2013 – 2:46 am by Ryan Phillips

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez’s grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension ended Thursday as both sides rested their cases. That came a day after the New York Yankees third baseman walked out of the proceedings and decided not to testify in his own defense.

A decision in the case is not expected until late December or early January, but that doesn’t mean things will be quiet until then.

On Thursday, Rodriguez’s attorneys showed their lack of faith in the proceedings by vowing to release all of the evidence on Friday and also claimed they would start preparing to take the case into federal court. They apparently plan to do that regardless of how arbitrator Fredric Horowitz rules.

Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz had the following to say about the legal team’s plans:

“We’re going to open up everything. We’re going to show everything we have to the press so they can show it to the American public.”

The assumption is that Berkowitz is referring to transcripts of witness testimony, sworn affidavits and information supplied to Rodriguez’s team by a whistle-blower who allegedly works for Major League Baseball and is apparently sympathetic to Rodriguez’s side of things.

A source told ESPNNewYork.com that the fact that Rodriguez’s team has made the decision to go public with evidence that is supposed to be kept private under the confidentiality agreement in baseball’s collective bargaining agreement shows that Rodriguez’s team doesn’t care what Horowitz’s ruling is going to be. They are basically saying they are ready to move on to the next phase of this fight.

When Horowitz ruled that baseball commissioner Bud Selig did not need to testify in the case, Rodriguez angrily stormed out of the proceedings. Rodriguez’s team has insisted that their star client will only testify if Selig agrees to do so as well.

Rodriguez’s lead attorney, Joseph Tacopina, has insisted that his client intends to force Selig to testify in some venue at some point. He had the following to say:

“We can’t kidnap him in Milwaukee and bring him here to testify. So what we’ll do is, we’ll head to another venue and we will be able to call up Mr. Selig one way or another.”

At this point we’d be shocked if Rodriguez’s suspension is not upheld by the arbitrator. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Alex Rodriguez’s attorneys vow to release all evidence, take case to federal court”

  2. A-Roid is an embarrassment to the game…so is Cabrera and David Ortiz these guys should go down and play in the Roid league el caribe and leave our game for good

    By Todd Spengo on Nov 22, 2013

  3. Arod is nothing but a bum who know how many home runs he UDI
    AND MIKE FRAN on the fan I think is sleeping with Alex
    If some polled his team mates I’ll bet there would say here’s you hat love to see
    You go

    By Nick Guarino on Nov 22, 2013

  4. all you people putting A-rod down . what are you going to say IF that weasle selig and the yankees are buying this bio drug place . the guy who owns the business new it was e-legal in sports. selig new these guys were taking enhancing drugs for a long time . did not do anything then because it brought in money because of the long ball . how come he did not do anything then . i’m not a fan of a-rod . but what if the guy is telling the truth that there out to get him for seligs legacy. what would you do . Selig is like Obama all they do is lie .people should be making baseball ( selig & yankees )to get on the stand and be asked questions. they new it back then and did nothing. those are the questions that need to be answered . we know he took steriods he toid us that . wake up people

    By jim on Nov 22, 2013

  5. Yes A-Rod. Please take this to a courtroom where you will be sworn to tell the truth. Perjure yourself there as well as in the court of public opinion which has already rendered its verdict upon you. Please do so Mr. Rodriguez. Raise your hand and say “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God”

    But then again, A-Rod and the truth have not been in the same room for many a year.

    By Teds Frozen Head on Nov 22, 2013

  6. Alex played this one smart, he didn’t testify in
    His grievance hearing so there would be less
    Incriminating to himself, he’s a pathetic liar
    Whom tells so many lies he believes he is
    Convincing himself that all his money will buy
    His cheating ways out of this

    By HateRoidCheaters on Nov 23, 2013

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