Alex Rodriguez, "Disgusted" by the "Injustice" Against Him, Storms Out of Grievance Hearing
Alex Rodriguez slammed his fist on a table and stormed out of his grievance hearing on Wednesday.
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For good measure, he punched a wall too, the Daily News reported.
Rodriguez must have seen this "ridiculous" "bullshit" coming like a hanging curveball. Because almost immediately after he exited Major League Baseball's Midtown East office building, his PR team had already drafted a statement.
"I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails," it read. "The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."
The claim of absurdity and injustice stemmed from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's ruling that MLB commissioner Bud Selig does not have to testify in the proceedings.
"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," Rodriguez's statement said.
If this "adamantly deny performance enhancing drug use and blame the unfair system" ploy sounds familiar, it's because Lance Armstrong hammered it on our heads for years before admitting that the system was right the whole time.
The hearing was convened because Rodriguez and the players' association appealed the 211-game suspension that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig slapped him with in August for 1) violating the league's drug policy and 2) interfering with its investigation into the Florida-based Biogenesis clinic that allegedly supplied him with the PEDs.
Horowitz began hearing the case on September 30, and the proceedings have since trudged along in four-day spurts. It picked back up on Monday. It was possible that A-Rod would testify at some point soon. He was scheduled to meet with the league officials last Friday for an investigatory interview, but had to cancel because he said he was sick.
His side argued that Selig should have to answer questions for doling out the record-length suspension. MLB policy states that first time PED policy offenders miss 50 games. Which means that the meat of A-Rod's punishment was tied to the league's accusation that he engaged "in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner's investigation."
Next: A-Rod's fight to clear his name.