'Unprecedented misconduct': Why A-Rod went down
January 14, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Alex Rodriguez continues to insist in public statements that he didn't use banned substances while with the New York Yankees.
When he had a chance to issue such denials under oath, though, he whiffed without taking a swing, as arbitrator Fredric Horowitz notes time and again in his decision to uphold most of A-Rod's suspension.
The 34-page text of Horowitz's ruling was unveiled Monday as part of a lawsuit Rodriguez filed in federal court against Major League Baseball and the players association, in which he seeks to have his season-long ban overturned.
Horowitz on Saturday shortened Rodriguez's initial suspension from 211 to 162 games – plus the 2014 postseason – but largely sided with MLB's argument that the Yankees third baseman had engaged in a systematic pattern of doping and made concerted efforts to obstruct baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.