NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers updated his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and Bud Selig, adding new criticism of the commissioner for not testifying in the union’s grievance to overturn the 211-game suspension given to the New York Yankees star last summer.
The lawyers filed a 33-page amended complaint Tuesday in federal court.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz last week refused to compel Selig to testify in the grievance, and Rodriguez then walked out of the hearing without testifying. The sides rested last Thursday and a decision is expected in January.
“Mr. Selig chose to hide in his office in Milwaukee rather than come testify at the grievance hearing. In Mr. Selig’s world, apparently the ‘buck’ does not stop with Bud,” the new complaint said. “Mr. Selig lacked the courage of his convictions to explain under oath the reasons for the suspension and the conduct of his investigators. His silence on these issues speaks volumes and leads to only one logical conclusion – his actions, and those of the MLB personnel he controls, were aimed at destroying the reputation, career and business prospects of Alex Rodriguez.”