Um… will this delay his entry into the Hall of Fame?
Rodriguez has been fighting baseball over an investigation that he used illegal steroids to bulk up, which has already cost him a 212-game suspension.
The lawsuit, which came out of left field (no pun intended, well maybe), is no “Boys of Summer,” the Roger Kahn classic about the genteel national pastime. Instead, Rodriguez claims Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is using dirty tricks and smear tactics to destroy his career.
Porter Fischer, the former head of Biogenesis, a Florida company that allegedly supplied steroids to Rodriguez and other players, was allegedly offered more than $5 million by Baseball to testify against Rodriguez. The money included reimbursement for legal bills other costs and living expenses.
Among the more salacious allegations, baseball investigator Dan Mullin allegedly engaged in “an inappropriate sexual relationship” with a potential witness in the investigation.
He’s also accused of of giving a Biogenesis employee $150,000 in cash in a bag at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., restaurant to purchase documents that might implicate Rodriguez in the drug scandal.
The exchange was never reported to the Internal Revenue Service, the Yankee third baseman charges.
In a major shot at Selig, the lawsuit claims the baseball commissioner “turned a blind eye to prolific steroid use” at a time when the drug was widely used throughout the league.
Selig was more interested in the hype generated by homerun competitions between such players as St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire, LA Dodger Sammy Sosa and Pittsburgh Pirate Barry Bonds, the suit states.
The suit claims Selig is now trying to take down Rodriguez to demonstrated that he is tough on drug use.
No word, so far, on damages, or from the commissioner’s office in response to the suit. Suffice to say, Alex is swinging for the fences on this one.