New York Yankee’s third baseman and three-time American League MVP Alex Rodriguez has lost his appeal with MLB and will be suspended for the entire 2014 because of doping.
Rodriguez had been given 211 game penalty by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on Aug 5 after an investigation into a Florida drug clinic, Biogenesis. The investigation found the clinic gave players including Rodriguez banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Rodriguez denied the allegations of doping and appealed the suspension. The Yankee’s star even sued MLB along with Commissioner Selig accusing them of trying to destroy his reputation and career.
MLB arbitrator Fredric Horowitz heard the appeal and on Saturday released his ruling. Horowitz upheld the original suspension but decreased the penalty from 211 to 162 games.
In a statement released on his Facebook page, Rodriguez said, “The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable. This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review.”
The suspension is expected to cost Rodriguez $25 million of his $85 million contracts.
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