I tend to take everything NY Daily News reports with a grain of salt. That said, if this is true, we're only looking at the beginning of a drawn-out legal mudfight that leaves nothing resolved and everyone looking bad in the end.
I think MLB is bluffing about a lifetime ban in order to get A-Rod to cooperate, but in the event they're not, it will be interesting to see if the MLBPA fights for A-Rod. I'm still skeptical as to how MLB will justify a lifetime ban based on the parameters in place for the drug treatment program.
If they have proof that ARod intentionally hampered the investigation, such as destroying evidence, intimidating witnesses, etc., they can do whatever they want. They don't even need a failed drug test for that.
I hope not, only because I want the Yankees to have to fully pay that idiotic contract.
FWIW, I think it's a bluff too. What the MLBPA does is interesting. Some agents are losing a lot of money here. We'll see if they can sway the union to fight or if all these guys saying they want to clean-up the game atually will vote against fighting.
Anything that brings more attention to the word "lifetime ban" and I am all for it.....I want everyone, including the media to play every avenue of the the term lifetime ban.....maybe this will get baseball back in favor of Pete.....I am still salty over this whole PED mess that baseball is in and guys are given a 50 game suspension for altering records and averages and stats and wins and losses and Pete gets life for betting on games that he had no direct influence over.....
Disclaimer: I am not trying to say Pete is innocent or anything like that....all I am merely saying is Pete Rose has done his time and done far more time than almost every PED user in all of MLB history....add up every PED users suspension and they still don't equal the years that Pete has been banned.....to me, that is a disgrace. Pete is guilty and deserved his punishment, every bit of it.....but it's time to end and end now. Arod has possible cheated stats and wins and losses and might even have cheated his way to a World Series title and MVP and all people can do is talk about a 50 game or 1 year suspension? Please, get this guy and every other PeD user out of MLB for life, I would feel the sake way if Votto had made a simple mistake a failed one test.....1 failed test should mean at the very minimum your career stats re-set to zero.
Is there a sign saying you can't do this?