Alex Rodriguez promised to file suit over his suspension and he did it on Monday. Credit: Getty Images
Alex Rodriguez and his representatives followed through on their promise to take his suspension to court on Monday.
They officially filed suit in U.S. District Court, alleging arbitrator Fredric Horowitz was biased in his ruling last Saturday when Rodriguez was banned for the entire 2014 season.
“[Horowitz] ignored the clear disciplinary action of the [Joint Drug Agreement],” the complaint reads. “Accordingly, the Arbitration Award is not legitimate as it does not draw its essence from the JDA or [Collective Bargaining Agreement].”
The suit also names the MLB Players' Association as a defendant, claiming the union did not support him in its "duty of fair representation." The MLBPA said it did not want Rodriguez to further pursue his case once the arbitrator made a ruling.
Rodriguez claims that a first positive test should result in a 50-game suspension, according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Of course, Rodriguez never failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs. But MLB alleged in the arbitration that Rodriguez deserved a stiffer penalty because he admitted to steroid use while he was a member of the Rangers in the early 2000s and actively obstructed the investigation into Biogenesis.
According to reports, legal scholars have said the chances of the suit succeeding are very slim.
Rodriguez's own lawyer, Jordan Siev, told ESPN New York that he realizes "the standard to overturn an arbitration is a high one," but he expressed confidence that his client has a good case.
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