It was announced this morning that the MLB has finally decided to drop its sham lawsuit against Biogenesis and the company’s CEO, Tony Bosch. The MLB got what it wanted; it got Bosch’s, the founder of Biogenesis, testimony and evidence against Alex Rodriguez – so MLB dropped the lawsuit. Queue the collective yawn of no surprise.
MLB claimed that Bosch provided performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to a number of players, including Rodriguez, a league spokesman said Tuesday. Mike Teevan, an MLB spokesperson stated, “We have dismissed our Biogenesis lawsuit.” The suit was filed in March against the clinic in March against the South Florida. Bosch was MLB’s lead witness against Rodriguez in the arbitration hearing that handed him an unprecedented 162-game suspension. There was no physical evidence tying A-Rod to any illegal drug use, and all testimony and evidence presented at the hearing is suspect at best. All that was presented was Bosch’s oral testimony and notes taken in his notebook – circumstantial evidence in any traditional court case. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Rodriguez would not have been convicted had it not been for Bosch’s testimony in the first place. Furthermore, Bosch’s cooperation was coerced.
Bosch did not agree to help the MLB until after a suit was filed against him in February. After facing the possibility of criminal prosecution as well, Bosch didn’t have much in the way of choices as far as whether or not to turn witness. It was either lose his freedom and his company, or “play ball”. In exchange for his testimony, the MLB paid all of Bosch’s legal bills, provided personal security, promised to support him in criminal litigation, indemnify him from civil litigation, and drop a lawsuit against him. Those are plenty of incentives to change his tune to one that is in line with the MLB’s farce of a code of conduct.
There’s no clearer message than this: the MLB has no intention of going after anyone supplying PEDs, and is in fact willing to pay them (and torpedo government cases against them) to get them to become an informant and rat out active players that may or may not have engaged in business with them. Furthermore, these “PEDs” are in some cases, based on medical science, not even “PED’s” by the traditional sense of the word. In most cases, it’s the little guy that cooperates with the big guy in a drug investigation, here, it’s the exact opposite. Everything about the MLB’s drug was is completely backward.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://ift.tt/Nb3X2v