Since the World Series is over, (by the way congrats to the Red Sox for winning the crown or am I allowed to say that as an editor of a New York Yankees site?) we can turn our attention back to the courtroom. Even though Alex Rodriguez vs MLB won’t continue until the middle of next month (seriously guys let’s finish this already), Rodrgiuez issued a statement today in response to Bud Selig. He waited until after the World Series to do this, unlike when the Red Sox won back in 2007 with an announcement. Anyway, here’s his statement via espnny.com;
“I am deeply troubled by my team’s investigative findings with respect to MLB’s conduct,” Rodriguez said in a statement released through his spokesman. “How can the gross, ongoing misconduct of the MLB investigations division not be relevant to my suspension, when my suspension supposedly results directly from that division’s work?
“It is sad that Commissioner Selig once again is turning a blind eye, knowing that crimes are being committed under his regime. I have 100% faith in my legal team. To be sure, this fight is necessary to protect me, but it also serves the interests of the next 18-year-old coming into the league, to be sure he doesn’t step into the house of horrors that I am being forced to walk through.”
MLB COO Rob Manfred responded;
“This latest, sad chapter in Mr. Rodriguez’s tarnished career is yet another example of this player trying to avoid taking responsibility for his poor choices. Given the disappointing acts that Mr. Rodriguez has repeatedly made throughout his career, his expressed concern for young people rings very hollow. Mr. Rodriguez’s use of PEDs was longer and more pervasive than any other player, and when this process is complete, the facts will prove that it is Mr. Rodriguez and his representatives who have engaged in ongoing, gross misconduct.”
First of all, way to use house of horrors on Halloween. Second of all, it’s ridiculous that it is taking this long to come to a decision on this. The fact that it’s being spread out like this just drags it out so we have statements like this in the press. I am very much looking forward to the end of this ordeal for both on field and off the field reasons. The Yankees can figure out how much money of his they can use and we can all move on from this mess. This should be the end of the steroid era as we know it.
I agree with Rodriguez trying to defend himself, though some of his statements throughout the process have been a little over the top.
The end is only a few weeks away. How do you think this will play out?