• A-Rod Lawyer: Yanks Wanted Hip Surgery Failure

    Posted by on August 17th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Via Deadspin

    Alex Rodriguez has hired a new lawyer named Joseph Tacopina, and he’s accusing the Yankees of asking the doctor performing Rodriguez’s surgery to make sure Rodriguez remained hurt and never played for them again. Tacopina is a lawyer who’s made his reputation with outlandish statements, so this accusation doesn’t really have any weight without evidence.

    For what it’s worth, here’s Tacopina’s explanation in the New York Times:

    During the 2012 playoffs, Tacopina said, the Yankees hid from Rodriguez that a magnetic resonance imaging test had revealed that he had a torn labrum — essentially a hole in his hip — and continued to play him, even though he was struggling mightily.

    “They rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer,” Tacopina said.


    Rodriguez learned the extent of his injuries in the off-season, and the Yankees sent him to Dr. Bryan T. Kelly, a prominent surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Tacopina said Kelly later told Rodriguez that before the surgery, [Yankees president Randy] Levine told Kelly, “I don’t ever want to see him on the field again.”

    “It sent chills down Alex’s spine,” Tacopina said.

    Rodriguez asked Kelly if Levine’s comment was a joke, Tacopina said, and was told that “it wasn’t a joke.”

    Yankees president Randy Levine dismissed these allegations as “specious and completely false,” adding that he would release transcripts of his phone calls with Kelly if desired.

    Tacopina also called the Yankees a “thug-culture club.” No word as to whether or not he spends his free time as a Yahoo Sports commenter.

    Geeez…there’s so much here. But, isn’t it interesting that Randy keeps transcripts of his phone calls? What’s that all about?

    Anywho, the A-Rod circus continues…what’s next? It’s really a war, now, right?

    Comments on A-Rod Lawyer: Yanks Wanted Hip Surgery Failure

    1. Evan3457
      August 17th, 2013 | 9:40 pm

      I don’t really know what happened, but I bet this is in response to the previous story that someone in A-Rod’s camp ratted out other players. They must think the Yankees leaked that story (even though it originally came out several months ago, I think), and this is a retaliation for that.

    2. Evan3457
      August 17th, 2013 | 9:43 pm

      Oh, Joe Tacopina…I remember now…he appears as a legal expert on various cable news networks. Still, even if true, they still can’t get rid of Levine. He knows where the bodies are buried on the Stadium deal.

    3. August 18th, 2013 | 8:24 am

      Where are all the A-Rod apologists now?

    4. 77yankees
      August 18th, 2013 | 11:59 am

      This lawyer on one side…..that lawyer masquerading as a team owner on the other.

      Nothing to root for here.

    5. Evan3457
      August 18th, 2013 | 12:15 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Where are all the A-Rod apologists now?

      All working for him, looks like.

    6. Scout
      August 18th, 2013 | 5:46 pm

      I’ll take a wild guess that this is about…money. As in A-Rod faces loss of next year’s salary if his suspension stands, and he and his people are looking to squeeze more from the Yankees, one way or another.

    7. August 18th, 2013 | 6:16 pm

      @ Scout:

    8. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 21st, 2013 | 10:10 pm

      Why am I not surprised?. One lies the other swears. is it me or does this remind anyone of what happen between George and Dave Winfield? Bronx Zoo Deux now playing in your local theater

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