Written By USA Today Sports
Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball, accusing the league of engaging in "tortious interference" in an effort to force him from the sport.
Rodriguez's lawsuit was first reported by the New York Times.
Rodriguez and his legal team have spent the week in an arbitration hearing against Major League Baseball, which levied a record 211-game suspension against the New York Yankees star for his alleged role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal. MLB suspended 13 players in connection to the scandal.
"The entire legal dynamic is very complex, and my legal team is doing what they need in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights," Rodriguez said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.
"This matter is entirely separate from the ongoing arbitration. I look forward to the arbitration proceedings continuing, and for the day to come when I can share my story with the public and my supporters."
Rodriguez's complaint, according to the Times, alleges that MLB paid an investigator $150,000 in cash for stolen records related to Rodriguez. His lawyers also claim that MLB paid Tony Bosch, the former head of Biogenesis, $5 million "to buy his cooperation."
MLB commissioner Bud Selig was named as a defendant in the suit.
Rodriguez's hearing before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz began Monday, with Bosch among those providing testimony on behalf of Major League Baseball. A ruling on his suspension - which could be overturned, upheld or reduced - is not expected until next month.