Alex Rodriguez – known as A-Rod – who is the New York Yankees baseball slugger and third baseman, is suing Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball for trying to destroy his reputation as well as his baseball career, according to Yahoo! News on Friday.
Rodriguez has been suspended for 211 games for allegedly using performance enhancing drugs, and is no claiming the league and Selig are engaging in what is being called vigilante justice which interferes with his profitable contracts and business relationships.
The lawsuit states that Selig and the Major Baseball League are attempting to use Rodriguez as an example for others.
The lawsuit, which has been filed in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeks unspecified damages for Rodriguez.
The Major League Baseball organization has stated, since the lawsuit was filed, that it denies the allegations made by Rodriguez and charge that he is attempting to circumvent the grievance process set up for the league and the baseball players. The Major League Baseball organization claims that for four decades the organization has had a collective bargaining relationship with the Major League Baseball Players Association, and every player and club dispute has gone through the jointly agreed up grievance process. The organization went on to say that Rodriguez’ lawsuit clearly violates the confidentiality provisions of the league’s drug program, and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt for Rodriguez to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Two months ago, the Major League Baseball organization suspended Rodriguez until the end of the 2014 baseball season for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs via the former Biogenesis clinic in Florida.