Alex Rodriguez Sues To Overturn MLB Doping Suspension

By McCarton Ackerman 01/14/14

Instead of accepting punishment, the disgraced superstar vows to continue his increasingly quixotic fight.

He may never swing a bat again.
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Baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball (MLB) and commissioner Bud Selig to overturn his 162-game suspension for doping, the longest in the sport’s history. The MLB has accused him of using three different performance-enhancing drugs in a three-year period and having ties to the former Biogenesis clinic, which allegedly supplied steroids to at least a dozen pro players.

But in suing to get back on the field and regain his $25 million salary, Rodriguez could be exposing himself to even more controversy. A new 34-page report contains extensive doping allegations against him that include secret meetings and coded language to obtain performance enhancing substances. He reportedly paid Anthony Bosch, the head of the Biogenesis clinic, thousands of dollars for these substances, referring to melted testosterone as “liquid soup” and testosterone cream as “pink food” in their conversations. One exchange in the report includes Bosch referring to Rodriguez’s drugs in a text message as “meds,” prompting Rodriguez to respond back, “Not meds, dude. Food,” and ordering him to “erase all those messages.”

Rodriguez continues to deny using any performance-enhancing drugs and said he has never failed a drug test. His lawyers claim his suspension was a “carefully orchestrated smear campaign” because the baseball union did not shield him from leaks of “prejudicial information” by baseball officials. Tony Clark, the head of the union, said that the accusations are “completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.