Well, here's some interesting news for your Friday morning:
Faced with baseball’s longest doping suspension, Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball late Thursday, accusing it of buying the cooperation of Anthony Bosch, the head of an anti-aging clinic at the center of a doping scandal, as part of a continuing “witch hunt” to force him out of the sport.
According to the New York Times article, A-Rod's lawyers are claiming that an investigator paid $150,000 in cash for records related to Rodriguez and a portion of the cash had been handed off in a bag at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area restaurant.
The article also says that the lawsuit "specifically accuses Major League Baseball of engaging in tortious interference,' essentially interfering with Rodriguez’s existing contracts and future business relationships."
Among the allegations, Rodriguez’s lawyers wrote that Major League Baseball had paid Bosch, the head of the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., a total of $5 million in monthly installments “to buy his cooperation,” citing “at least one individual who claims to have knowledge of Mr. Bosch’s deal.” The lawyers said that baseball also promised to provide security for Bosch, cover his legal bills and indemnify him from civil liability stemming from the case.
Bud Selig, the commissioner of baseball, was named as a defendant in the suit, but the Yankees, who owe Rodriguez $86 million after this season, were not, nor were any of the team’s officers.
A spokeswoman for the court confirmed receipt of the suit.
This is better than any show on television, folks.
Friend of the blog Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports' Hardball Talk is tweeting about the A-Rod suit:
And here's the PDF of the lawsuit.