A-Rod Adds Investigator Misconduct Claims to Lawsuit

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez filed an amended complaint in his lawsuit against Major League Baseball, adding what he said are further details of misconduct in its probe of performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez, 38, is fighting a 211-game suspension, the longest in major-league history, for using testosterone and human growth hormone. He sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig Oct. 3, claiming they tried to ruin his reputation and career in their investigation of the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez slammed his hand on a table and walked out of his appeals hearing last week after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who has heard 12 days of testimony, ruled that Selig didn’t have to appear.

In the revised complaint filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court, Rodriguez added details to his claim that MLB investigators paid off and threatened witnesses, bought stolen documents and leaked confidential information to the press.

Rodriguez claims MLB investigators impersonated law-enforcement officers to get evidence. In one instance, he said, an investigator began a sexual relationship with a potential witness after interviewing her twice.

Selig and Major League Baseball have denied Rodriguez’s claims. They have said the player received banned drugs from Anthony Bosch and his Coral Gables, Florida-based clinic, Biogenesis of America. Joseph Baumgarten, a lawyer for Selig and MLB, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the revised complaint.

Selig Faulted

In the complaint, Rodriguez faults Selig for not appearing to testify at an arbitration proceeding.

“Mr. Selig chose to hide in his office in Milwaukee rather than come testify at the grievance hearing in New York,” Rodriguez said in the complaint.

Rodriguez is suing Selig and MLB for wrongly interfering with his Yankees contract and with his deals to endorse brands including Nike, Pepsi and Wheaties.

“We believe the additional detail in our amended complaint about commissioner Selig’s actions, and inaction, further exemplifies his and MLB’s improper purpose and tortious conduct directed at Alex Rodriguez,” Jordan Siev, a lawyer for the player, said in an e-mail yesterday.

Rodriguez recently finished the sixth season of a 10-year, $275 million contract, the biggest in baseball.

Baumgarten said Nov. 7 he will ask the judge to dismiss the suit. Rodriguez is trying to return the case to state court.

Rodriguez has acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs while he was with the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003 and has denied any use after that. The current suspension is based on MLB’s probe of Biogenesis and its connection with major league players in more recent years.

The case is Rodriguez v. Major League Baseball, 13-cv-07097, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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