Hours after Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his grievance hearing, he went on WFAN to tell his side of the story. Rodriguez hit the airwaves on Wednesday afternoon, flatly denying his involvement in the Biogensis scandal, including using performance enhancing drugs.
I did nothing. About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing,” Rodriguez told WFAN. Rodriguez then went on to rip the Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig, after he learned Selig wouldn’t need to testify in the case. ”It was disgusting, This thing should have ended with Selig on Thursday and me [testifying] on Friday. But he did not have the courage to look me in the eye.”
Rodriguez confirmed that he most likely wouldn’t go back to the grievance hearing, not understanding what would have been the point. One of A-Rod’s attorney’s Jim McCarroll added, “If Selig doesn’t testify, Alex is not going back.”
Rodriguez’s main attorney Joe Tacopina was on the Michael Kay Show earlier this afternoon, adding on to the explosive day where Rodriguez screamed profanities and stormed out of the courtroom. Tacopina brought up a point that the other players who were suspended in the Biogenesis scandal only served 50 games (Ryan Braun served 65 games) while Rodriguez was slapped with a 211-game suspension, even bringing up Selig’s former ownership of the Milwaukee Brewers. ”I shouldn’t even serve one inning.” Rodriguez added on his own radio interview.
Rodriguez mentioned that he felt Selig was making the case personal, giving him the harshest punishment of the thirteen players involved.
He hates my guts,” Rodriguez said of Selig. “It’s 100 percent personal. This is all about his legacy. To put me on his mantle would be a big trophy for him.”
Adding to that, Rodriguez also admitted that he was “angry” with the New York Yankees, but said that he had a responsibility to fulfill.
All I want to do is play baseball,” he said. “This has been a disgusting process for everyone. I’m embarrassed to be involved in it.”
The Major League Baseball Players Association issued their own statement this evening about Rodriguez’s walk-off, disagreeing with Frederic Horowitz’s decision to not bring Bud Selig in to testify.
“The MLBPA believes that every player has the right under our arbitration process to directly confront his accuser. We argued strenuously to the arbitrator in Alex’s case that the commissioner should be required to appear and testify. While we respectfully disagree with the arbitrator’s ruling, we will abide by it as we continue to vigorously challenge Alex’s suspension within the context of this hearing.”
So, does Alex Rodriguez have any regrets about what he did?
“I have no regrets. I would do it again. It’s the system that is wrong.”