Alex Rodriguez continued his battle to overturn his 162-game suspension when his lawyers filed suit in U.S. District Court on Monday alleging arbitrator Fredric Horowitz was biased in his ruling, ESPNNewYork.com reported.
The suit, which is attempting to vacate Horowitz's ruling, claims the arbitrator showed "manifest disregard for the law'' as well as "evident partiality'' and refusal "to entertain evidence that was pertinent and material to the outcome," according to the report.
The suit names Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association as defendants and uses Horowitz's written ruling on A-Rod's appeal as one of its exhibits.
The suit alleges Horowitz denied Rodriguez and his attorneys the right to cross-examine Bosch and MLB commissioner Bud Selig, who did not to testify in the appeal.
It also alleges Horowitz did not allow Rodriguez's attorneys to examine the BlackBerries Major League Baseball claims were used to send incriminating text messages.
Also Monday, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III allowed for the public release of Horowitz's decision. The releaseof that ruling had been opposed by the Players Association on the confidentiality grounds.
"We're thrilled,'' Jordan Siev, one of Rodriguez's attorneys, told ESPNNewYork.com. "We want the entire record to be public. We want everyone to be able to see exactly what [Anthony] Bosch said.''
Bosch, founder of Biogenesis, detailed Rodriguez's alleged performance-enhancing drug use during Sunday night's "60 Minutes" interview.
Earlier Monday, Joe Tacopina, who represents Rodriguez, was critical of Major League Baseball and Bosch during an interview on New York radio station WFAN on Monday morning.
Tacopina called the Bosch interview a "charade" and said Rodriguez plans to be at spring training this year, despite being suspended for the year.
"You know what? It's really easy to believable when you're not being cross-examined," Tacopina said. "It's really easy to be believable when you're not being asked by the interviewer from '60 Minutes' about his dealing (performance-enhancing) drugs to kids, and whether that had any basis for him becoming a witness against Alex Rodriguez."
Rodriguez was originally suspended for 211 games, but Horowitz reduced the ban Saturday to 162 games, plus the playoffs.
Tacopina did not limit his attack to Bosch; he also criticized MLB.
"A lot of the players are up in arms," Tacopina said. "We've gotten so many reach-outs from players and players' agents saying, 'How could MLB do this?' "
Bosch told "60 Minutes" how easy it was to beat MLB's drug-testing system, claiming he oversaw Rodriguez's doping program starting in 2010.
"That's why that interview was so misleading in so many ways," Tacopina said. "This guy was on the witness stand (in arbitration) for three days. ... Here was his takeaway under oath: he had no masking program whatsoever."
Tacopina said Rodriguez could add defamation and other actions to his pending lawsuit against MLB based on the interviews with Bosch and league chief operating officer Rob Manfred.
"There were a few things that came out of that '60 Minutes' piece that are going to be something that I think we're going to consider," Tacopina said. "Mr. Manfred made some statements that I think he wants to reconsider, or at least we're going to evaluate."
Rodriguez planned to file an injunction in federal court Monday to stop the suspension. He was among 13 players suspended after MLB investigated Biogenesis, the former South Florida anti-aging clinic that was linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Ryan Braun received the second-longest ban of 65 games, which he served. The other players were banned 50 games.
"Fifty games was never offered to Alex," Tacopina said. "And these guys took 50 because sometimes, in their eyes, it was easier to put this behind them than fight in a proceeding where the cards are stacked against you."
Rodriguez acknowledged in 2009 that he took PEDs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03 but not since then. Tacopina said he has also passed every drug test.
"Alex is 12-0," he said. "He'll probably set another MLB record in that category."
While Rodriguez has issued statements and had his attorneys speak on his behalf during the scandal, he may soon publicly detail his side of the story.
"That's something that he's contemplating doing right now as we speak," Tacopina said. "It would not surprise me if this week you saw him in one of those settings, in not a friendly forum."cing drug use during Sunday night's "60 Minutes" interview.