It was last month that New York Yankees second baseman Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, a number that was later reduced to 162 games. Although the number of games has been significantly reduced, at 162 games, Rodriguez holds the dubious honor of the longest penalty in regard to performance-heightening drugs in the history of baseball. As a result, Rodriguez filed a lawsuit for wrongful interference against Major League Baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig. However, as of today, Rodriguez has reportedly accepted his suspension and, in addition, has decided against a lawsuit.
Alex Rodriguez’s decision against the lawsuit comes nearly four weeks after the judge Fredrick Horowitz decided to uphold the majority of the penalty against the New York Yankees second baseman. It was at this time that Rodriguez, who had claimed his innocence repeatedly, decided to sue the MLB and the Commissioner in an attempt to reverse the penalty. However, it seems that one month was enough time for Rodriguez to second-guess himself, as he decided against taking the lawsuit any further.
No official comments have been issued from either Rodriguez, his attorneys or his official spokesperson; however, reports have confirmed that several notices of dismissal in regard to the lawsuit have been issued at the Manhattan court this Friday. As a result, this means that Alex Rodriguez has formally decided against continuing his lawsuit any further and has accepted his penalty, which will require him to sit out the Yankees’ 2014 season. Upon his decision, Rodriguez will become the 14th player in the history of baseball to accept his fate in regard to the investigations of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
When discussing the matter, former MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent stated, “I believe this is a good move on A-Rod’s part. He really didn’t stand a chance legally, as the commissioner got his authority validated.” In addition, the MLB later issued a statement regarding these recent developments saying, “We think that the actions of Mr. Rodriquez demonstrate his intense desire to return his focus on playing our great game, and we honestly share that desire as well.”
Sources from ESPN report that Rodriguez had been contemplating dropping the lawsuit for a variety of reasons. The main reason was the fact that Rodriguez’s fight to play in the 2014 season would have cost the Yankees second baseman somewhere in the ballpark of $10 million dollars in addition to the $25 million his suspension had already cost him. In addition, sources say that Rodriguez did so in an attempt to rekindle his personal relationships with the league, as he reportedly hopes to continue working alongside the league once his contract ends in 2017.
In response to the events of the day, the only reply from Rodriguez was issued by his spokesman Ron Berkowitz, who simply said, “We firmly stand by the statements which have been issued, and have no further comments other than that.”
On a final note, it has been confirmed that Rodriguez has decided against attending the Yankees’ spring training, even though he has the right to. Rodriguez will be 39 years old when his suspension ends at the end of the year.
By Aaron Weis