Via the boys over at The Post -
Alex Rodriguez has turned on his own union.
In an effort to nullify the 162-game suspension he received on Saturday for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis, the Yankees’ beleaguered superstar filed a new lawsuit in Manhattan federal court Monday that names both Major League Baseball (and commissioner Bud Selig) and the MLB Players Association as defendants.
A-Rod’s team of attorneys alleged the Players Association “completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez to protect his rights under the agreements between MLB and MLBPA.” In the suit, Team A-Rod asks for a finding that the Players Association “has breached its duty of fair representation” to Rodriguez, and that MLB “has breached the collectively bargained agreement,” by virtue of which his discipline should be vacated. It also asks for “such other and further relief as the Court deems just, proper and equitable.”
The lawsuit details several complaints in which Team A-Rod alleges the union, long viewed as one of the most effective and powerful unions in the United States, declined to intervene on A-Rod’s behalf. Among them are the failure to stop MLB’s lawsuit against Anthony Bosch, which led to Bosch cooperating with MLB; a refusal to let Rodriguez select his own representative (instead of the PA’s general counsel David Prouty) to the three-person arbitration panel; a lack of effort to halt media leaks about A-Rod’s case and public comments made by Michael Weiner, the former executive director of the Players Association who died on Nov. 21, that implied Rodriguez’s guilt in the matter.
On Aug. 6, the day after Rodriguez received his 211-game suspension from Bud Selig, Weiner told Chris Russo on Mad Dog Radio that, having seen MLB’s evidence against Rodriguez, he advised Rodriguez to accept a suspension of a specific, unidentified length. The suit contends these comments “were clearly inconsistent with MLBPA’s duty to fairly and ardently represent Mr. Rodriguez.”
The suit also alleges myriad transgressions by Fredric Horowitz, the independent arbitrator, during the 12-day hearing. Horowitz ultimately reduced the 211-game suspension to 162 games.
How long until the Yankees sue A-Rod to try and get out of the remaining money they owe him?