A decision came down today regarding the fate of Major League Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez regarding allegations that Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs. The MLB decided to suspended the New York Yankee player for 211 regular-season games, meaning Rodriguez will be out for the remainder of this season and the 2014 season.
Rodriguez’s or A-Rod’s suspension will begin on Thursday, said league officials. However, officials did add that Rodriguez could continue to play if he appeals the decision.
In a released statement, A-Rod expressed how he is “disappointed with the penalty and intend to appeal and fight this through the process. I am eager to get back on the field and be with my teammates in Chicago tonight.”
12 Major League Baseball players have accepted a 50 game suspension without pay which is in connection with an investigation involving performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod and the other accused players are reported to have ties to a biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida where the use of enhanced-performance drugs may have been taken.
The clinic has now been closed, and A-Rod has denied the allegations about his involvement. But A-Rod does not stand alone, the Major League Baseball Players Association is standing behind him.
“We agree with his decision to fight his suspension,” the union said in a written statement, in the statement the union also adds the league’s commissioner “has not acted appropriately.”
Meanwhile, the New York Yankees declined to comment on the decision to suspend Rodriguez choosing to do so until after the completion of his process to appeal.
Although the team chose not to comment on A-Rod they did comment on the suspension of Yankee’s catcher Francisco Cervelli who was among the 12 players to agree to the deal regarding a 50 game suspension by stating “It’s clear that he used bad judgment,”
Since the allegations A-Rod has been partaking in the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in-addition to the players’ collective bargaining agreement. Under the drug program the suspension A-Rod faces will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if the New York Yankees player files a grievance, the MLB said in their statement.
The story is still developing.