New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball, accusing them of engaging in “tortious interference” with his contracts and business endeavors.
Aside from the MLB, the 31-page lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, names the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig as plaintiffs.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for what it alleges was a campaign by MLB to “destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez.”
Rodriguez is currently appealing the 211-game suspension that was levied in August by MLB, the longest non-permanent ban in the sport’s history, for alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“The entire legal dynamic is very complex, and my legal team is doing what they need to in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights,” Rodriguez said. “This matter is entirely separate from the ongoing arbitration.”
“I look forward to the arbitration proceedings continuing, and for the day to come when I can share my story with the public and my supporters,” the slugger added.
In the lawsuit, Rodriguez alleges that MLB shelled out $5 million for the testimony of Anthony Bosch, the founder of the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida.
The suit further states that an investigator for the league paid $150,000 in cash for Biogenesis records related to Rodriguez, “handed off in a bag in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida area restaurant”.
Rodriguez also claims that investigators engaged in “vigilante justice,” including episodes of intimidating and bullying witnesses.
He also alleged that MLB investigator Dan Mullin engaged in “an inappropriate sexual relationship with a witness whom he himself interviewed about the Biogenesis matter.”
In addition, the league has “continuously” leaked stories to the media regarding the Rodriguez investigation and discipline, “turning what is supposed to be a confidential disciplinary and appeal process into a public trial”.
As a result of the league’s investigation, Rodriguez claims that his reputation has been “permanently harmed,” affecting his future earning abilities by the tens of millions of dollars.
The lawsuit states that two potential sponsors, Nike and Toyota, have terminated negotiations with Rodriguez. His Yankees contract, which runs through 2017, contains $30 million in potential home run-based incentives.
The suit also states that the investigation has affected Rodriguez’s ability to run his businesses, including a construction company and a Mercedes-Benz dealership near Houston.
“This lawsuit is a clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program, and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” MLB said in a statement.