Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball on Thursday. The court document can be seen right here. Steve Eder of the New York Times first reported the news. The lawsuit accuses the league of buying the cooperation of former Biogenesis chief Anthony Bosch as part of a “witch hunt” to force him out of the sport. Here's more from Eder's report:
The lawsuit specifically accuses Major League Baseball of engaging in “tortious interference,” essentially interfering with Rodriguez's existing contracts and future business relationships.
The suit, in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, came just days after Rodriguez's lawyers began appealing the 211-game ban issued by Major League Baseball. It is unclear if the suit will affect the arbitration hearing, which is taking place behind closed doors.
The suit does not address whether Rodriguez used banned substances. Major League Baseball did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.
Rodriguez's lawyers claim the league paid Bosch a total of $5 million "to buy his cooperation." MLB also provided Bosch with private security, paid his legal bills and indemnified him from any civil liability stemming from the case. The lawsuit also claims an investigator paid $150,000 in cash for stolen records tying Rodriguez to Biogenesis. The lawsuit claims a portion of the cash “was handed off in a bag at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area restaurant."
MLB suspended Rodriguez a record 211 games for his ties to Biogenesis and allegedly interfering with the investigation in August. He appealed the suspension and the hearing has taken place this week. It is expected to continue in the future and a ruling may not be handed down until November or December.
Eder says the lawsuit was filed by lawyers from three firms: Reed Smith; Tacopina Seigel & Turano; and Gordon & Rees. Commissioner Bud Selig was named as a defendent but the Yankees nor any of the team's officials were not.
Rodriguez's camp has maintained the Yankees and MLB have conspired to get him out of the game. His legal team is reportedly preparing a malpractice suit against the team's doctor claiming his left hip injury was misdiagnosed last fall.
In a second suit, this one filed in the Bronx, Rodriguez and his attorneys have targeted the Yankees' team physician Christopher Ahmad and the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, reports the New York Post. Julia Marsh and Ken Davidoff of the Post write:
The second suit alleges that Dr. Ahmad missed a "superior labral tear at the left hip" after giving A-Rod an MRI when he was suffering from hip pain.
The botched exam "allowed [A-Rod] to further injure himself" and subjected him to additional surgeries, the suit says.
The Post notes that the Yankees themselves are not named in the second suit.