U.S. sports superstar Alex Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball executives for allegedly trying to force him out of the game.
The New York Yankees star, who briefly dated Cameron Diaz, has accused league officials of engaging in "tortious interference" after suspending him from baseball for a record 211 games for his alleged role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.
Rodriguez was one of 13 players suspended in connection to the doping scandal.
The slugger and his attorneys have spent the past week in an arbitration hearing against Major League Baseball, and he released a statement on Friday (04Oct13), which reads: "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. 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 and his lawyers claim that Mlb chiefs paid an investigator for stolen records related to him and they contend baseball bosses also struck a deal with former Biogenesis chief Tony Bosch for his co-operation.
Mlb commissioner Bud Selig has been named as a defendant in Rodriguez's suit.
The sportsman claims Selig's desire to burnish his legacy has driven him to single out the Yankees star in his fight against performance-enhancing drugs.
In the lawsuit against the Mlb, Rodriguez's lawyers state: "Commissioner Selig and Mlb persistently have employed powers not available to them under the collectively-bargained agreements between Mlb and its union in order to make an example of Mr. Rodriguez, so as to gloss over Commissioner Selig's past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball (not to mention his multiple acts of collusion), and in an attempt to secure his legacy as the 'savior' of America's pastime."