A-Rod Lawyer on Publicity Tour Calls MLB Move a Publicity Stunt 8/20/13
NEW YORK - There's yet another chapter in the Alex Rodriguez saga.
A lawyer for Rodriguez has declined MLB's challenge to make public evidence that led to the 211-game suspension of the New York Yankees star. MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred wrote to lawyer Joseph Tacopina (tah-kah-PEE'-nah) on Monday, urging him to waive his client's confidentiality so the documents could be released. The letter was revealed on NBC's "Today Show," where Tacopina said evidence against Rodriguez would "never stand up" in court or before an arbitrator.
Tacopina was annoyed the letter was sent to NBC instead of his office, calling it "a cheap publicity stunt" and "a trap." He also said a waiver would need the union's approval.
Manfred says the league would disclose "all drug tests" and "all prior violations" tied to Rodriguez, plus any documents linked to whether Rodriguez obstructed MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis clinic. According to the letter, which was released by MLB, Rodriguez's side also would be able to disclose documents.
Rodriguez is playing pending his appeal, which likely won't be decided by an arbitrator until at least November.