New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez walked out of an arbitration hearing into his record-setting 211-game suspension on Wednesday after learning Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig would not testify, saying later that he's done with what he called a "farce" and an "abusive process," CNN's Jason Carroll reports.
After arbitrator Fred Horowitz made the decision on Selig, Rodriguez slammed his hand on a desk, looked at MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and then at Horowitz, and cursed, a source who was in the room in New York told CNN.
The Yankees third baseman then walked out, according to the source.
Rodriguez is appealing his suspension, which MLB levied after accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs and having ties to the now-shuttered Biogenesis clinic.
“I think this is an orchestrated ploy on the part of Alex Rodriguez,” ESPN’s Robin Lundberg says of Rodriguez’s outburst, though the host of "The Robin Lundberg Show" believes the suspension is different than any handed out and the highest paid baseball player has a valid point.
How do you suspend Ryan Braun—who fed us a worse excuse than ‘my dog ate my homework’ and threw another guy under a bus and all that stuff, essentially a season more than you're suspending Alex Rodriguez. Unless he built the Biogenesis Clinic with his bare hands, I don't see it.”
As of now, if Selig doesn't appear, Rodriguez won't either, he said.