By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
On Friday, A-Rod had some fiery words for the MLB, suggesting that their desire to suspend him so harshly is a result of selfish motives behind the scenes.
He said, “…when all the stuff is going on in the background, and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract and stuff like that, that’s concerning for me, that’s concerning for present, and that’s concerning for future players as well… I will say this: there is more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the field. That’s not my teammates and that’s not the Yankee fans.”
When asked by a reporter to name the supposedly shady people trying to bring him down for their own selfish motives, he said, “I can’t tell you that right now and I hope I never have to.”
Whether A-Rod is talking about the Yankees not wanting to pay him the rest of the money on his contract or Bud Selig, the MLB Commissioner, trying to look tough on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), it’s unclear. However, what is absolutely clear, is that because of A-Rod’s alleged involvement with the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis distributing PEDs to several major league players, he’ll likely face a suspension until 2015. That comes out to 214 games that he’d be suspended from, and could very well give the Yankees an excuse to back out of A-Rod’s $28 million a year contract – a contract that’s supposed to keep going until 2017.
The MLB will announce its actual suspensions for A-Rod and other MLB players caught in the Biogenesis PED scandal later on Monday.