If you've read this blog before, you know that I'm not a huge fan of the way MLB is going about this, and I'm squarely in the A-Rod camp, despite my sincere belief that he's one of the biggest douchebags in all of sports.
A-Rod certainly hasn't always done the right thing. That's undeniable. But MLB needs to follow its own rules when going after these players and they need to do it in an ethical manner, or they will have lost the authority to be the voice of integrity in the game.
Rodriguez has filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and Selig, saying pretty much exactly that. And it's the greatest sports-related lawsuit I've ever seen.
Here is an excerpt from the preliminary statement, which masterfully calls Selig onto the carpet for the various forms of tomfoolery he has engaged in during his tenure as MLB Commissioner. Bravo, A-Rod.
No matter how you feel about performance enhancing drugs in baseball, Alex Rodriguez is absolutely and unequivocally correct in his allegations against Selig.
This is a commissioner who sat back and watched guys like Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Brady Anderson, Luis Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and countless others (yes, even A-Rod) knowingly take performance enhancing drugs and then put up bigger numbers than the game has ever seen. Selig sat back and applauded their efforts, all the while making money hand over fist off their tainted achievements.
Now, Selig has decided that he's going to be the white knight in shining armor, galloping in on his gallant steed to clean up the game and remove the dark cloud over our National Pastime.
He's so zealous in his efforts that he's forgoing legal and ethical means, and is showing complete disregard for the collective bargaining agreement that was reached with the Players' Union, and he's breaking his own rules in an attempt to punish others for skirting the rules of MLB.
Should Alex Rodriguez be suspended? Absolutely. Should it be more than the 50 games that is outlined in the CBA for a first-time offender? Absolutely not. It might be his 50th time on the wrong side of the tracks, but this is the first time they've actually caught him red-handed after the punishments were set forth (if they've really caught him at all, legally speaking), so he's technically a first-time offender and should be treated as such.
Personally, I hope Rodriguez wins this lawsuit, wins back his right to play baseball, and takes a few dollars out of Selig's pockets in the process. No one likes a bully, and that's exactly what MLB has looked like for the past few months. It's about time for that to change.