Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has walked out on his arbitration hearing — where he’s appealing a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball for his ties to the Biogenesis scandal — in anger, calling the process a “farce.”
A-Rod’s full statement on the matter:
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. 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. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.
A 211-game suspension would be the longest drug-related suspension in MLB history and A-Rod is technically a first-time offender, given that his previous ties to PEDs came from the time period when testing and suspension rules weren’t in place. Major League Baseball is trying to prove that he’s continually violated the Joint Drug Agreement, making him more than a first-time offender.
Per my colleague Jon Heyman, A-Rod slammed his fist on the table during the hearing before getting up to walk out, during which walk he looked at MLB COO Rob Manfred and said, “this is bulls—, and you know it.”
MLB has released the following statement in return:
Read the full statement at: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24250494/alex-rodriguez-leaves-hearing-calls-process-a-farce