'This Is The Yankees. This Isn't Some Thug-Culture Club'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has hired a new lawyer to take on the Yankees organization.

As 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported, Rodriguez and his lawyer Joseph Tacopina are now on the attack.

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In an interview with the New York Times, Tacopina blasted the Bronx Bombers and Major League Baseball for conspiring to nullify A-Rod’s huge contract.

He also claims A-Rod was forced to play injured during the playoffs last year.

“Rolling him out like an invalid to make him look finished as a ballplayer,” Tacopina told the Times.

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While the relationship between Rodriguez and the team seems to be deteriorating, Schuck reported, the slugger didn’t have much to say at Fenway Park on Saturday.

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“I can’t speculate for what their thought is. I know that I’ve been here for 10 years, we won a championship, there’s been some ups and downs,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez insisted, however, that his relationship with his manager is still strong.

“Joe and I have an amazing relationship. I have much respect for Joe and that’s unwavered,” said A-Rod.

Tacopina told the Times, “this is the New York Yankees. This isn’t some thug-culture club.”

Earlier this month, the MLB handed down a 211-game suspension to A-Rod for his past use of performance-enhancing drugs. He is currently appealing the suspension.

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