Alex Rodriguez has been battling to reclaim his legacy, now in the midst of an arbitration hearing attempting to appeal a 211-game suspension regarding the Biogenesis scandal. The New York Yankees third baseman stormed out of the hearing yesterday afternoon (Nov. 20) after Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig didn't show, and blasted him in a radio interview.
A-Rod appeared as a guest WFAN's The Mike Francesa Show, and immediately continued to rail against Selig and the MLB regarding his suspension and also denied he used the performance enhancing drugs he's been linked to.
Ahead of his appearance on the show, however, Rodriguez released a statement regarding why he walked out:
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.
Rodriguez continued to rail on the league in his chat with Franceas, wasting no time in expressing his anger.
“I lost my mind. I banged the table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room,” he said. “I just felt this system, I knew it was restricted and I knew it wasn't fair but we saw today was disgusting.”
Rodriguez added, “And the fact that the man from Milwaukee (Selig) put this suspension on me without one bit of evidence, something I didn't do, and he doesn't have to courage to look me in the eye and tell me this is why I did 211?”
The Biogenesis scandal broke out earlier this year after several players, including two of A-Rod's Yankees teammates, were accused of using PEDs such as human growth hormone. Rodriguez , who denied on air that he used PEDs, was hit with the largest number of suspended games while Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun served 65 and the rest served 50. The MLB's Players Association has sided with A-Rod, and agree with his decision to appeal.
Hit the next page to see A-Rod giving the MLB and Bud Selig a piece of his mind in a two part interview. Do you think A-Rod used PEDs? Let us know in the comments.
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