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Cuban: MLB's suspension of A-Rod 'personal'

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban blasted Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig for their treatment of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Cuban, appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Thursday, was highly critical of how the league and Selig have handled Rodriguez, who is fighting a 211-game suspension from the Biogenesis scandal.

"Horrible," Cuban said. "I think it's disgraceful what Major League Baseball is trying to do to him. Look, it's not that he doesn't deserve to be suspended. He does. They have policies in place: A first-time offender is 50 games, and a second time is 100. (Two hundred and eleven games), that's personal."

Rodriguez is appealing the suspension that was handed down on Tuesday.

Cuban believes that Selig is overextending his powers, especially with the way he has implemented discipline in the Biogenesis scandal.

"You can go in a lot of different directions," he said. "But I think this is more about Bud Selig trying to flex his muscles and say, 'If you don't kiss the ring, I'm going to take care of you and kick you out of Major League Baseball.' I think that's wrong."

Cuban twice tried to buy MLB franchises. His $1.3 billion bid to buy the Chicago Cubs in 2008 was not accepted. He was also denied in 2010 when he tried to buy the Texas Rangers in 2010.

"I've got to tell you, with my experiences with Major League Baseball -- and after all of this, there's no chance I'm getting to buy a team -- it's basically become Bud Selig's mafia," Cuban said. "He runs it the way he wants to run it. They (MLB) don't want me to own a team. When I was trying the buy the Rangers, even after the Cubs, when I was trying to buy the Texas Rangers, it was an open option.

"I sat in there with my good, hard-earned money trying to bid and they did everything possible to keep me from buying the team. They had lawyers in there trying to change the rules; they had people trying to put up more money. It was horrible."

Leno suggested that perhaps the league is making an example of Rodriguez, the highest-paid player, to send a message.

"It shouldn't be that way," Cuban said. "That's one of the poor things about sports. How much money a player makes should have nothing to do with the way you treat them.

"The reality is, the guy broke the rules. He basically admitted that he had broken the rules before. But to come out and try to give him a lifetime ban, that's just wrong."

Leno and Cuban also discussed the use of human growth hormone (HGH). Testing for HGH has been a significant issue in baseball in recent years. NBA commissioner David Stern said last month that testing for HGH could be instituted in basketball as well, perhaps as soon as next season.

Cuban said he is not convinced that HGH should be a banned substance.

"Being in sports, I try to pay attention to all of the technology and everything," he said. "It's never been proven that HGH helps a baseball player or a basketball player. It's just been so tainted that players shouldn't take it that it's become banned for no good reason."
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