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Fredric Horowitz, an independent arbitrator, upheld 162 games of the 211 game suspension New York Yankee's Alex Rodriguez was given for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.
The suspension was originally 211 games, but he appealed shortly after the initial punishments were handed out, reports USA Today. The 162-game suspension means that the nearly 40-year-old player will lose $25 million in salary.
Despite the reduced ruling, Rodriguez said that he isn't finished and will likely appeal the latest ruling. The baseball player said in a statement that "This is one man's decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury."
The lengthy statement goes on to accuse the MLB's investigative committee of being corrupt and insist that he has never used performance enhancing drugs, despite the failed drug test. Rodriguez also notes he would consider taking this case to federal court.
According to The New York Times, Rodriguez could also try and delay the suspension through an injunction, but notes judges rarely go against an arbitrator's ruling when it comes to labor disputes.
Employment law expert at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Steven Exkhaus said, "They may be hoping they get an Alex Rodriguez fan, but even then, I'd be surprised if any state court judge would hear his case."
Today notes that 13 total players were handed suspensions stemming from the Biogenesis scandal, but A-Rod has been the only one to appeal.
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