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Alex Rodriguez will appeal possible suspension, report says
In the wake of Ryan Braun’s suspension, Alex Rodriguez is planning to appeal any possible suspension and does not intend on trying to work out a deal with Major League Baseball, according to USA Today.
MLB plans to suspend Rodriguez for at least 100 games “for his role with Biogenesis, alleged lies about past performance-enhancing drug use and possible interference in the investigation,” according to the report.
Braun was suspended Monday for the remainder of the season — 65 games. He accepted the suspension without a fight.
"I realize now that I have made some mistakes,” Braun said in a statement Monday. “I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed -- all of the baseball fans, especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates."
Multiple reports have said the evidence against Rodriguez is far greater than what MLB had on Braun. But according to USA Today, Rodriguez doesn’t see a comparison between the two cases.
Rodriguez already admitted in 2009 to using PEDs when he was with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. MLB is also investigating whether or not Rodriguez tried to destroy evidence in the latest Biogenesis probe, according to USA Today.
Rodriguez has about $100 million remaining on his current contract through 2017. If suspended, he could lose about $21 million over the span of a hypothetical 100-game suspension.