Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Embattled New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez slammed a table during a doping arbitration hearing with Major League Baseball on Wednesday morning and walked out in a rage.
Rodriguez released a statement simultaneously with his exit from the hearing.
"I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails.
"I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the players' association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.
"The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."
The statement may have been a reference to MLB’s chief witness against him, Tony Bosch, the former owner of the Biogenesis clinic that allegedly supplied Rodriguez with multiple banned substances for three years.
The slugger was upset that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz didn’t force commissioner Selig to testify in Rodriguez’s appeal of his 211-game suspension for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement.
After Horowitz issued his ruling, Rodriguez reportedly shouted, "This is ridiculous!" He then allegedly pointed a finger at an MLB executive and said, "You know you're full of [expletive]!"
In the past, Rodriguez has threatened to sue the MLB Players Association and the Yankees.
"We don't know what we're going to do," said a spokesman for Rodriguez. "The fight's still going on, but most likely it's going to end up in federal court."
[The New York Daily News] [ESPN]