Alex Rodriguez has been suspended by Major League Baseball for his involvement with the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, and even after an arbitrator upheld the suspension, A-Rod is still fighting back. He's maintaining his innocence, and believes there should not just be a reduced suspension, but no suspension at all. To that end, he has sued both MLB and the Players' Association.
Reversing the arbitrator's decision might be difficult in the face of the evidence MLB has collected -- whether their acquisition of said evidence was sketchy or not (hint: it was). That evidence includes texts and phone calls between A-Rod and Tony Bosch, as detailed here by the New York Times:
The report emphasizes how close Rodriguez and Bosch - who is referred to in the decision as "a drug dealer" - appeared to be. In 2012 alone, they spoke on the telephone 53 times and exchanged 556 text messages. (At one point Rodriguez told Bosch to "erase all these messages.")
They orchestrated an elaborate, if clumsy, subterfuge - lozenges containing testosterone were called "gummies," testosterone cream was called "pink food," and melted testosterone was called "liquid soup."
"Burn after reading" doesn't really work with digital messages, you guys. Though, A-Rod has likely figured that out by now. Oh, and another thing:
A player asks, "If what A-Rod was taking was legal, why did he have to come up with code names?"— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 14, 2014
Well... huh. I mean, I guess that A-Rod could... hmm. What if he just wanted to... oh. Oh, I see. Good luck with that whole lawsuit thing.