A-Rod suspension: MLBPA considering legal action in response to 60 Minutes

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Sick of hearing about A-Rod? So is the MLBPA.

The Major League Baseball Players Association will consider legal action against Major League Baseball in response to several interviews detailing the suspension of Alex Rodriguez on 60 Minutes, according to an official statement (via NJ.com).

MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred and their principal witness against Rodriguez, Tony Bosch, appeared in interviews on the program on Sunday detailing A-Rod's recent appeal hearing that resulted in a 162-game suspension. In The MLBPA called the decision to move forward with the interviews "unfortunate," citing that the league "apparently lacks faith in the integrity and finality of the arbitrator's decision."

The league responded to the MLBPA's outrage:

"It is ironic that the MLBPA is complaining about MLB’s participation in this program given that Mr. Rodriguez’s lawyer is also participating in the show. As to Mr. Bosch’s appearance, he is not controlled by us and is entitled to speak however he chooses about his interactions with Mr. Rodriguez."

The MLBPA sees the the league's participation in the segment as a breach in the collectively-bargained arbitration process and Joint Drug Agreement. They were also displeased that the MLB-appointed arbitrator appeared on the program, calling the interviews "inconsistent" with the agreements between the two groups.

The Players Association has expressed their intentions to pursue legal action to "remedy any breaches committed by MLB." That could result in further litigation, since A-Rod has already expressed his intentions to take the arbitrator's decision to court.

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