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A-Rod Legal Team Challenges Game Suspensions in Court

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Alex Rodriguez's lawyers went to federal court Monday to try to stop his suspension from baseball over his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.

A-Rod's legal team is expected to seek an injunction against the 162-game suspension issued by an arbitrator over the weekend.

Rodriguez denies taking illegal substances after 2003, but has been accused of doping at a Miami anti-aging clinic.

In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," the clinic's former owner, Anthony Bosch, claims for $12,000 a month he personally injected A-Rod substances like testosterone and human growth hormone at least a dozen times.

Bosch also claims Rodriguez took drugs orally just minutes before taking the field, and says the drugs were designed to be undetectable after games.

But A-Rod's lawyer is ripping baseball officials for their handling of the situation.

"Major League Baseball went on a campaign to obstruct justice by forcing and compelling witnesses, threatening witnesses, and they have the gall, the gall, to accuse Alex Rodriguez of obstructing justice? It's laughable," said Attorney Joseph Tacopina.

Rodriguez stands to lose more than $25 million if the suspension stands.

In a statement, the players union accused Major League Baseball of "piling on" Rodriguez and says it might take its own legal action.

As the legal wrangling continues, New Yorkers are weighing in via the court of public opinion.

"He already lied once before. The evidence seems totally against him, I think he should be banned from baseball for life. It's totally disgraceful," said one New Yorker.

"It seems like they kind of went after him harder than most of the other guys," said another New Yorker.

"There are a lot bigger things to think about and we could use some better role models for children," said a third New yorker.

Using a loophole in baseball's collective bargaining agreement, A-Rod is entitled to report to spring training which his lawyers say he plans to do.

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