Alex Rodriguez is currently facing a 211-game suspension for violating the league’s drug agreement and labor contract. However, the slugger denies that he was involved in any wrongdoing.
On Wednesday afternoon, A-Rod went on Mike Francesa’s WFAN radio show to defend himself against the accusations. The host asked the New York Yankees third baseman several times if he used steroids or any performance-enhancing drugs while he was with the team. Rodriguez claimed his only PED use came with the Texas Rangers, which he admitted to in 2009.
Rodriguez’s appearance on Francesa’s show came just hours after he stormed out of his grievance hearing, as he appealed the suspension. Rodriguez reportedly cursed at MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred and left the arbitration hearing.
“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “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.”