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In Baseball vs. Rodriguez, A Show Of Tough Posturing

Publication Date: 
July 30, 2013
The New York Times - Baseball
David Waldstein

Professor Bill Gould spoke with David Waldstein of The New York Times to weigh in on the MLB's expected announcement on which players it plans to suspend for drug-policy violations and the unusual step Commissioner Bud Selig could take in the process.

As Major League Baseball moves closer to suspending Alex Rodriguez for what it believes to be his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs, it has taken an increasingly tough stance in public. Baseball has conveyed its willingness to issue a lifetime suspension to Rodriguez and possibly to circumvent the usual appeals process that a player can normally use under the sport’s Joint Drug Agreement.

In turn, the lead lawyer for Rodriguez, David Cornwell, has adopted a determined posture of his own. In a radio interview with ESPN on Monday, he said Rodriguez would contest any suspension and would challenge the credibility of the evidence presented against him.


William Gould, a professor emeritus at Stanford Law School and a former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, said Selig was essentially "firing a shot across A-Rod's bow" in getting out into the public the notion that he might ignore normal protocol in drug cases in his efforts to punish Rodriguez.

"I imagine Selig is just trying to use all leverage possible to get an agreement," he added.