A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban

A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban
January 13, 2014, 4:30 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its players' union, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence" he used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation.

As part of the lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan, Rodriguez made public the 33-decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Rodriguez's suit claims that Horowitz displayed partiality toward MLB in ruling that its star witness, Biogenesis clinic founder Anthony Bosch, did not have to answer certain questions.

Earlier Monday, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley II ruled Rodriguez cannot file portions of Horowitz's decision under seal as part of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the one-year suspension from baseball given to the New York Yankees third baseman.

Pauley denied a request by Rodriguez's lawyers that was supported by the Major League Baseball Players Association. It came a day after the founder of a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic said during a "60 Minutes" interview he administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig told the program that Rodriguez's actions were "beyond comprehension."