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Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer Joe Tacopina sues Daily News reporters

Joe-TacopinaAlex Rodriguez may have dropped all of his lawsuits on Friday pertaining to the 162-game suspension he has been ordered to serve, but one of his attorneys is not done taking legal action. Joe Tacopina, one of New York’s top criminal defense lawyers, has filed a $15 million defamation lawsuit against two NY Daily News reporters.

According to The Star-Ledger, the suit accuses Nathaniel Vinton and Michael O’Keeffe of being “obsessed with ridding the sports world for performance-enhancing drugs” to the point where they tried to discredit Tacopina by getting one of his past clients, New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, to file a false ethics claim against him.

Tacopina alleged that Vinton and O’Keeffee wrote a “hit piece” on him and unfairly covered the A-Rod saga in an attempt to persecute the New York Yankees slugger.

Tacopina also claims in the suit that Kerik is a “convicted felon” who attempted to clear his name by blaming his criminal convictions for corruption and fraud on his former lawyer (Tacopina). Kerik was sentenced to four years in prison in 2010 after admitting to tax fraud and lying to the White House while he was being considered for the Homeland Security secretary job.

Vinton and O’Keeffe said in pieces they have written that Tacopina “disclosed privileged information in his case and had failed to notify (Kerik) that he’d been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors.” Tacopina claims those allegations, among others, are false.

The song that never ends must go on

Lawyer Joe Tacopina accuses Yankees of sabotaging Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez YankeesAlex Rodriguez’s newest lawyer is coming out swinging, and he has thrown a few haymakers toward MLB and the New York Yankees.

We knew things were going to get interesting when Rodriguez hired Tacopina, who is considered the most-hated lawyer in New York. Tacopina has wasted little time defending his client and putting a new spin on the tense situation between the ballplayer, the club, and the league.

In an interview with The New York Times, Tacopina accused the Yankees of sabotaging Rodriguez by keeping medical records away from him, and he accused MLB of working with the Yankees in an attempt to void the third baseman’s contract.

Tacopina told The Times that the Yankees hid the results of an MRI from Rodriguez that showed the 3B/DH had a torn labrum in his hip last year. Tacopina says the team continued to play Rodriguez when he shouldn’t have been playing. Rodriguez had offseason surgery on his hip and missed most of the season while recovering.

And here’s the big bomb.

Tacopina says the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. Bryan T. Kelly, told A-Rod the Yankees told Kelly they did not want Rodriguez to play for them again.

Yankees president Randy Levine allegedly told Kelly, “I don’t ever want to see him on the field again,” according to Tacopina.

The Times says Tacopina believes MLB is “working in conjunction” with the Yankees to void Rodriguez’s contract.

“You don’t need to look much further from the top to figure out where this all comes from,” Tacopina told The Times.

Oh, and if all that wasn’t enough, Tacopina is questioning the credibility of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch as a witness.

While I have no doubt that the Yankees are trying to void A-Rod’s contract and that MLB wants to nail Rodriguez, we can’t allow Tacopina to convince us that Rodriguez is a sympathetic figure, which is what he’s trying to do. A-Rod is a slimeball who has been caught cheating multiple times. He was juicing while partnering with an anti-steroids organization. How much more disgusting does it get?

Alex Rodriguez hires top criminal defense lawyer Joe Tacopina

Alex Rodriguez YankeesNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is reportedly pulling out all the stops to defend himself against the 211-game suspension he was given by Major League Baseball. According to the NY Post’s Page Six, A-Rod has hired top New York criminal defense lawyer Joe Tacopina to head up his legal team.

Tacopina is known for successfully defending clients in a number of high-profile cases including ex-NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno, who was acquitted of charges that he raped a drunk woman in her apartment, and former New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate, who plead guilty to using $100,000 that was intended for a nonprofit company to help his campaign.

“Joe is a fighter, and that is what Alex needs right now,” a source reportedly told the NY Post. “He has been brought on to reinforce the trial team, there’s a possibility this could go all the way to federal court. Joe is known for putting the hammer down, he’s going to take on the Yankees and take on MLB.”

[Related: A-Rod reportedly secretively got products from founder of BALCO]

The Yankees recently fined A-Rod $150,000 for seeking a second opinion on his hamstring without consulting them first, and a source said Tacopina believes that was an attempt to “break his spirit.” New York obviously wants out of Rodriguez’s contract, although there would be nothing they can do about it unless he is suspended for a long period of time. Even still, they would have to pay him when he returned or release him and pay his entire salary.

Given that MLB claims it has evidence against A-Rod proving that he interfered with their investigation, he could face federal charges. Having an experienced defense attorney like Tacopina on his side would be beneficial if that should happen.