We all knew that the Alex Rodriguez grievance hearing saga was going to be full of drama–but what happened today took it to a whole other level. According to LoHud, Rodriguez stormed out of his own grievance hearing after arbitrator Frederic Horowitz refused to order Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.
Rodriguez reportedly slammed his hand on the table, shouted a few obscenities to COO of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred and left. Following the outburst, Rodriguez released a statement to the press:
“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails. I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process.
“This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the players’ association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”
Major League Baseball also released a statement regarding Rodriguez’s outburst:
“For more than 40 years, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process to address disputes between the two parties. This negotiated process has served players and clubs well. Despite Mr.Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration panel’s rulings today, MLB remains committed to this process and to a fair resolution of the pending dispute.”