A-Rod Drops MLB Lawsuit, Apparently Accepts Season-Long Suspension
It appears Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has now accepted that he'll be sitting out an entire season after New Times uncovered his links to Coral Gables PED-pushing clinic Biogenesis..
A-Rod and his legal team have voluntarily dropped a lawsuit against Major League Baseball, the Players Association, and Commissioner Bud Selig.
MLBPA: "Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit. His decision to move forward is in everyone's best interest."— MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) February 7, 2014
However, NBC Sports points out that A-Rod does retain the right to refile the lawsuit at a later date.
Neither Rodriguez nor his legal team have publicly commented on the matter. An MLB source tells NBC Sports that they believe this may be the last of A-Rod's resistance.
"We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez's actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire."
Rodriguez was one of several MLB players who were suspended for a PED use as a result of Tim Elfrink's investigation into Tony Bosch and his Biogenesis clinic. However, because of previous infractions, Rodriguez was the only player to be hit with a season-long 162 game ban.
A-Rod had chosen to fight the suspension in court, and his lawyers likened the case to a "witch hunt," but it now appears that the slugger has accepted his fate.