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In Revised Suit, A-Rod Accuses Selig of Cowardice

(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)


By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers have updated their lawsuit against Major League Baseball and Bud Selig, adding some new criticism of the commissioner for not testifying in the union’s grievance to overturn the 211-game suspension given to the New York Yankees star last summer.

In a 33-page amended complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, the lawyers said: “Mr. Selig lacked the courage of his convictions to explain under oath the reasons for the suspension and the conduct of his investigators.”

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to compel Selig to testify, and Rodriguez then walked out of the hearing without testifying. The sides rested last Thursday after 12 days of sessions, and a decision is expected in January.

Rodriguez has accused Selig of conducting a “witch hunt” against him and is trying to persuade U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield to remand the case to New York state court.