A-Rod exits hearing, rips process

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Alex Rodriguez surprisingly left his arbitration hearing Wednesday morning in New York, then went on the radio to restate his denial of charges that he used performance-enhancing substances.
Speaking on WFAN radio, the New York Yankees third baseman said, "I did nothing," when asked about the Biogenesis scandal.
More than a dozen baseball players were suspended for their involvement with the now-shuttered South Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game suspension.
Rodriguez criticized arbitrator Fredric Horowitz for refusing to let Rodriguez's attorney examine baseball commissioner Bud Selig under oath last Thursday.
"This thing should have ended with Selig on Thursday and me (testifying) on Friday. But he did not have the courage to look me in the eye," Rodriguez said.
"Today I lost my mind. I banged a table, kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room."
He said he has no plans to rejoin the proceedings.
According to the New York Daily News, Rodriguez told Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred that the hearing was "f---ing bull----" before he stormed out.
Major League Baseball released a statement in response to Rodriguez's criticism of Selig's failure to testify.
"In the entire history of the Joint Drug Agreement, the commissioner has not testified in a single case," the statement read. "Major League Baseball has the burden of proof in this matter. MLB selected Rob Manfred as its witness to explain the penalty imposed in this case. Mr. Rodriguez and the Players' Association have no right to dictate how baseball's case is to proceed any more than baseball has the right to dictate how their case proceeds. Today's antics are an obvious attempt to justify Mr. Rodriguez's continuing refusal to testify under oath."
Later, during the radio interview, WFAN host Mike Francesa said to Rodriguez, "You're saying you did nothing wrong, you did not do what they're accusing you of doing?"
"That's correct," Rodriguez said.
In an apparent reference to Anthony Bosch, an MLB witness and the operator of Biogenesis, Rodriguez released a statement that read in part, "I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process."
Looking toward the outcome of the arbitration case, Rodriguez said, "For me, I'm done. I don't have a chance."

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