TV station shows A-Rod graphic instead of Nelson Mandela

A-Rod Nelson Mandela

How’s this for an epic blunder? WDIV-TV in Detroit was preparing to do a feature honoring Nelson Mandela, but they showed a graphic of Alex Rodriguez instead.

Why does it always seem like A-Rod is involved when it comes to blunders of this nature? The guy is a part of controversies without even doing anything.

You can watch the full video below:

H/T Awful Announcing

Mad Dog Russo rips Mike Francesa for coddling A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez Mike Francesa

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo ripped his former radio partner Mike Francesa for the way the “Sports Pope” has been coddling Alex Rodriguez on-air.

Francesa had an exclusive interview with A-Rod on Wednesday after the New York Yankees 3B/DH stormed out of his arbitration hearing and headed over to the WFAN studios to talk with Francesa. Francesa gave A-Rod a platform and allowed the Yankee to share his side of the story without challenging him on many points.

Early in the interview, Francesa rattled off these questions in rapid fire:

“Were you guilty of any of these charges?

“Did you do anything wrong?

“Did you do any PEDs?

“Did you obstruct anybody, any witnesses, anything they’re accusing you of doing?”

Rodriguez answered “no” to all the questions, and Francesa hardly put up a fight. He didn’t bother mentioning how A-Rod’s credibility is lacking ever since he lied to Katie Couric about using PEDs. He didn’t bother asking about the report that A-Rod tested positive for a stimulant in 2006. He didn’t ask about reports that A-Rod’s legal team paid supporters to protest outside his hearing. It wasn’t until about 20 minutes in that he asked about reports saying A-Rod’s team paid for Biogenesis documents and threatened witnesses. He let A-Rod off easily. Mad Dog says that’s B.S.

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Alex Rodriguez reportedly storms out of arbitration hearing

Alex Rodriguez YankeesNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez showed up for day 12 of his grievance hearing against Major League Baseball on Wednesday morning. The 38-year-old did not stay very long.

According to Newsday’s Steven Marcus, Rodriguez “stormed out” of his arbitration hearing at around noon EST. A-Rod’s camp was in the middle of the ongoing process of trying to have his 211-game suspension overturned.

The issue A-Rod had was apparently with MLB commissioner Bud Selig. ESPNNewYork.com reported that Rodriguez was angry after arbitrator Frederic Horowitz refused to force Selig to testify. He also allegedly slammed his hand on a table and pointed his finger at baseball COO Rob Manfred — who was in charge of baseball’s Biogenesis investigation — and shouted, “You know you’re full of sh–!”

“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails,” Rodriguez’s said in a statement. “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.”

A spokesman for Rodriguez told ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews that he does not know where the hearing will go from here but that it will likely end up in federal court. We’ll likely know more about the situation later, but for now it sounds like another instance of A-Rod acting like a child. Disagreements are part of the arbitration process. Storming out of the hearing typically is not.

Alex Rodriguez reportedly tested positive for banned stimulant in 2006

Alex Rodriguez YankeesAlex Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, according to a new report.

The New York Times has an excellent report about the case between MLB and the New York Yankees third baseman/designated hitter that is filled with all sorts of interesting information and details. One of their revelations is that Rodriguez tested positive for the stimulant in 2006.

Here’s what The Times says in their report:

While it is not clear whether M.L.B. has used it as evidence during the proceeding, Mr. Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, according to two people involved with baseball’s collectively bargained drug-testing program. He was not publicly identified for the positive test because players face suspensions for prohibited stimulants only if they test positive more than once.

So now we can add the banned stimulant positive test to everything else Rodriguez has done. That includes admitting to using steroids from 2001-2003 while he was with the Texas Rangers; allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs from 2009 to as recently as last year; and in the opinion of some, cheating since high school.

In its case against Rodriguez, MLB says the former MVP is the most pervasive user in the game. Rodriguez’s team is accusing MLB of using unethical investigative tactics such as paying for information and intimidating people.

The Times reveals a few other really interesting nuggets. They say MLB hired George Mitchell, whose Mitchell Report helped change drug testing in baseball, to help with the investigation. They say MLB lawyers are asking to have grand jury testimony in the Anthony Galea case released as potential evidence. There are also multiple indications that both A-Rod’s team and MLB have thrown around large amounts of money to get help building their cases — we’re talking about thousands for pieces of information.

Oh, and one of MLB’s investigators supposedly began an intimate relationship with one of the people involved in the case (a person who worked at Biogenesis). He denied the relationship, and A-Rod’s team allegedly paid $100,000 for evidence/information confirming the relationship.

This entire thing is so sleazy on both sides they both deserve each other.

Alex Rodriguez reportedly ‘got hookers all the time, usually two at a time’

Alex Rodriguez YankeesThere is very little that could be said about New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez that could surprise us a this point. Entertain us? Well, that’s a different story. And some recent rumors about A-Rod’s alleged escapades with prostitutes are entertainment at its finest.

An upcoming book written by Michael Gross called “House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, The World’s Most Powerful Address” gives us a glimpse into the lives of those living in a luxury apartment complex in New York. A-Rod rented an apartment in the building in 2010 for $30,000 a month alongside well-known figures like Sting, Denzel Washington and Bob Costas. According to the NY Post’s Page Six, a building worker that Gross spoke with claims A-Rod had a big thing for prostitutes.

“He got hookers all the time,” the worker allegedly said. “Usually two at a time, two times a week. One time he had two go up, they came down and left, and 10 minutes later, Cameron Diaz walks in.”

How do we know these workers are telling the truth? This comment about A-Rod from another building worker just has to be true.

“He was a douche, an unfriendly narcissist,” Gross says the worker told him. “I hate the guy. He thought he was God.”

Come on, you know that’s spot on. Just kidding — kind of. Naturally, Rodriguez’s spokesman Ron Berkowitz said the prostitution allegations are not true.

“This is a further effort to fabricate scandal around Alex,” he said. “The allegations concerning prostitutes are categorically false.”

In reality, we have no way of knowing if the rumors are true. But just like that story about the hilarious painting A-Rod had in his house, we’re just going to believe what we want to believe.

H/T Deadspin

Report: Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Anthony Bosch’s lawyer nearly came to blows

Alex Rodriguez YankeesWe have not heard a whole lot from the ongoing legal proceedings involving New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and his 211-game suspension, but that does not mean the arbitration process has lacked fireworks. According to the NY Daily News, Alex Rodriguez’s defense attorney Joe Tacopina nearly got into a brawl with one of Anthony Bosch’s lawyers, Julio Ayala, two weeks ago.

The Daily News cited “several sources with knowledge of the altercation” who claim Tacopina was the instigator. The sources claim Tacopina had been aggressively attacking Bosch’s character during the first week of the arbitration process after the Biogenesis founder verified the authenticity of several documents and conversations that allegedly prove Rodriguez acquired banned substances. During a break from one of the sessions where Tacopina was calling Bosch’s character into question, he and Ayala reportedly had to be physically separated.

Tacopina was said to be frustrated that Bosch’s testimony had dragged out throughout the first three days of the hearing. When Tacopina asked another attorney how long Bosch’s testimony was going to take, he was told it could spill over into the next day.

“Well, I guess we have all of October, and by then Mr. Bosch will be in jail,” Tacopina reportedly quipped.

Tacopina, one of New York’s top criminal defense attorneys, was referencing the ongoing investigation by Florida authorities who are looking into Bosch’s clinic. In response, Ayala reportedly said that Bosch is “not going alone” if he does go to prison, implying that A-Rod would be going with him. Tacopina then allegedly said something about Ayala’s “lying wife,” who is also part of Bosch’s legal team. Oh no he didn’t.

According to the Daily News’ sources, Tacopina then “bull-rushed” Ayala and the two stood toe-to-toe. Attorneys supposedly had to restrain Tacopina before both men calmed down. Tacopina reportedly apologized to Ayala the next day and both agreed to move forward.

Conveniently enough, the court reporter was taking a break at the time of the action so it is not going to be part of the record. Rodriguez and Bosch also reportedly missed the confrontation, as they were taking a bathroom break. As we have already learned from some of his public statements since A-Rod hired him, that Tacopina is quite the bulldog. Thank goodness no one had their teeth punched out.

Alex Rodriguez also suing New York Yankees team doctor for malpractice

Alex Rodriguez YankeesAlex Rodriguez reportedly filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Thursday, alleging that commissioner Bud Selig and company tried to run him out of the game of baseball with a “witch hunt.” He’s apparently not stopping there. A-Rod has reportedly filed a second lawsuit, this one against the New York Yankees’ team doctor.

According to ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand, Rodriguez is suing Yankees’ team doctor Chris Ahmad, alleging malpractice for misdiagnosing A-Rod’s hip injury during the playoffs last season. A-Rod’s lawyers claim Ahmad never informed the slugger about an MRI that showed the injury. A portion of the suit reads as follows:

Defendants, after performing, understanding and analyzing the MRI, had diagnosed Plantiff as suffering from a superior labral tear at the left hip; and without informing the plaintiff of the diagnosis, knowingly cleared the Plaintiff to resume playing as a third baseman for the New York Yankees during the [2012] season playoffs, thus allowing the Plaintiff to further injure himself and the necessity for additional surgeries.

Rodriguez was benched in the 2012 postseason after going 3-for-25 from the plate. He did not play again until this past August after undergoing surgery on his injured hip. The lawsuit alleges that keeping A-Rod in the dark about the injury caused “great pain, agony, injury, suffering disability, hospitalization, as well as mental anguish and emotional distress.”

“I don’t care what he did with the results, even if he gave them to the Yankees, [Dr. Ahmad] had to tell Alex about them,” Alan Ripka, A-Rod’s lawyer for the malpractice suit, said.

In case you haven’t picked up on the pattern, A-Rod is the victim. Not only is he appealing his 211-game suspension (which is an entirely separate process from the lawsuits), he has also been bullied by Major League Baseball and mistreated by the Yankees’ team doctor. Poor Alex.