Another day, another perplexing, bizarre and unexpected twist in the Alex Rodriguez scandal. On Wednesday, the New York Yankees slugger apparently decided he has had enough and left the arbitration hearing.
According to a report from the New York Daily News, as A-Rod left the hearing, he said, “I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails.”
Rodriguez reportedly is irate that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz didn’t force commissioner Bud Selig to testify as he appeals the 211-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball that stemmed from his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.
And that’s when things got ugly.
“This is ridiculous!” Rodriguez is said to have shouted after Horowitz issued his ruling shortly before noon.
Rodriguez then pointed a finger at Manfred, who directed MLB’s investigation into the Biogenesis clinic suspected of being a source of illegal performance-enhancing drugs for ballplayers, and said “You know you’re full of s—!”
Rodriguez’s attorneys David Cornwell and Jordan Siev remained in the hearing room and entered into the record that they believe the hearing is “an unfair process,” according to a source.
So, A-Rod, he seems pretty upset, no?
Further, after storming out of the hearing, A-Rod, as he is wont to do from time to time, issued a statement, and in this one, savaged Major League Baseball for what he perceives to be the farcical nature of what he has been forced to endure during the process.
“I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process,” Rodriguez said, apparently referring to MLB’s chief witness against him, Tony Bosch. “This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.
“The absurdity and injustice just became too much,” Rodriguez’s statement read. “I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”
Poor, poor A-Rod. It almost makes you feel bad for the guy, right? Well, maybe a little bit. Or not at all.