Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer says MLB ‘case is in shambles’
|08.21.13 at 8:15 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Giants, 3:45 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Nationals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
Little League World Series: Mexico vs. Japan, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League World Series: Connecticut vs. California, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions League, Fenerbahce vs. Arsenal, 2:45 p.m. (FSC)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea vs. Aston Villa, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Spain Supercup, Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid, 4:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyer, fresh off being embarrassed on national television Monday, lashed out at Major League Baseball and the Yankees on Tuesday.
“The case is in shambles,” Joe Tacopina said of MLB’s effort to suspend A-Rod 211 games. “They can talk a tough game, but we’ll see how they act in a courtroom and a court proceeding. I will annihilate them.”
Tacopina also made some strong accusations about MLB’s investigative team.
“They have this thug mentality in their investigation,” Tacopina said. “They’ve committed two criminal offenses that we know of. Witnesses are terrified by the MLB investigators.
“They are relying on one person, [Biogenesis founder Tony] Bosch, for their whole case. He will take the Fifth Amendment, or will be in jail. They have no witnesses.
“There’s never been a case like this that ever got close to a courtroom. No prosecutor would bring that to a courtroom. It’s beyond circumstantial. And he never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.”
Rodriguez reportedly told his inner circle Tuesday that he wants to avoid taking part in the back-and-forth, but his lawyer isn’t backing down. Tacopina called the Yankees “reckless” for allowing A-Rod to play in last fall’s playoffs with an injured hip.
“It could have destroyed his health, ruined his career,” Tacopina said, adding: “They let him go out there and play when he wasn’t fit enough to walk, let alone play.”
• When 7-foot center Jason Collins announced this spring that he’s gay, he became the first active player in North American major professional sports to come out. The only problem is, he doesn’t have a team. According to a Sports Illustrated report Tuesday, the Pistons decided to pass on Collins, keeping the free agent in limbo.
The 34-year-old started last season with the Celtics and was traded to the Wizards late in the season. He averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game over 38 contests. In his 12-year career, the Stanford product is averaging 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game.
Collins is training in his hometown of Los Angeles as he waits for an offer.
• A group of 10 former NFL players, including Hall of Famers John Riggins, Dave Casper, Curley Culp, Ron Yary and Tom Mack along with Mike Bass, Willie Buchanon, Roman Gabriel, Phil Villapiano and onetime Patriot Joe Kapp, filed a lawsuit against the NFL and its production group for using footage of the players without their consent.
The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, notes that prior to 1993, players’ contracts did not include clauses that granted the NFL authority to use their names, images and likenesses to promote the league.
“NFL Films has never obtained authorization from retired players to use their images to be, as NFL Films puts it, the ‘backbone’ of the NFL Network,” according to the 81-page filing obtained by The Associated Press. “NFL Films’ conduct goes far beyond simply use of images without consent. It continues to this day to strike licensing business deals, in New Jersey, affirmatively, and falsely, misrepresenting that it has obtained all former players’ consent to appear in its promotional materials. The NFL does likewise.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 21, 1986, which recently acquired Red Sox infielder scored six runs in a 24-5 rout of the Indians?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think there’s still a lot to be said for playing a game prior to the start of the regular season where the players play, come in at halftime, go back out and play again, if that’s possible. I don’t think it’s like an absolute must, but I think it’s a good experience if they can experience it. We’ll see how it goes.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, hinting at his plans for the team’s third preseason game Thursday against the Lions
STAT OF THE DAY: 0-for-10 – The Giants’ batting totals with runners in scoring position in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the Red Sox that ended with a bases-loaded walk
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In this commercial for Pepsi, Lions legend Barry Sanders reveals why he left the game while he was still in his prime.
A young man from Washington State’s cheer squad hits a three-quarter-court shot with his back to the basket while doing a backflip. That’s all.
Impressionist Josh Berry does spot-on imitations of tennis legends-turned-announcers John McEnroe and Boris Becker, along with some current stars.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Shortstop Spike Owen
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kenny Rogers was born on this day in 1938.
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