//Sports: A-Rod Saga Drags On

Sports: A-Rod Saga Drags On

10-5-2013

The embattled Yankee filed a medical malpractice suit against Yankee team doctor Christopher Ahmad and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center on Friday in Bronx State Supreme Court.
The hits — or in this case, the lawsuits — just keep on coming.
Embattled Yankee Alex Rodriguez filed a medical malpractice suit against Yankee team doctor Christopher Ahmad and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center on Friday in Bronx State Supreme Court, a legal move that comes on the heels of the three-time MVP’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig.
First, it was Alex Rodriguez against Major League Baseball. Next, it was Rodriguez versus the Yankees, his own team. Then Rodriguez found himself at odds with the players union that is supposed to be representing him.
In late August, Rodriguez grew so frustrated with how the Major League Baseball Players Association was defending him — or, as he saw it, not defending him — that his personal legal team wrote a letter formally requesting the union step aside from its prescribed role as his chief representative on his arbitration panel. It was an unusual acknowledgment that Rodriguez did not trust the union to look after his best interest, and he wanted to pick his own representative.
The move represented a significant escalation in the continuing battle over Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension, the longest doping penalty ever issued by Major League Baseball. The letter portrays Rodriguez as increasingly on his own, mistrustful of his accusers, the arbitration process and even the union lawyers assigned to defend him.
Alex Rodriguez’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, reacted angrily Saturday to Major League Baseball CEO Rob Manfred’s characterization of the suit Rodriguez filed against MLB on Thursday.
Rodriguez filed papers claiming baseball is on a “witch hunt” aimed at driving him out of the game. He is appealing a 211-game suspension for violations of the joint drug agreement and Basic Agreement.
“The suit is so flawed from a legal perspective and so unfounded from a factual perspective, it does not affect our thinking on any topic,” Manfred said in an email to Newsday, responding to whether the suit will impact the chances of an agreement on Rodriguez’s suspension.
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