Mejia may legally challenge MLB for steroid ‘conspiracy'

Mejia may legally challenge MLB for steroid ‘conspiracy'

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Jenrry Mejia is not leaving Major League Baseball without a fight.

Surely the second coming of A-Rod vs. MLB couldn’t be at hand?

Former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, last month’s recipient of a lifetime doping ban, will make a “major announcement” Friday at his attorney’s office, the latest indication that Mejia is preparing to legally challenge Major League Baseball over the ban.

Mejia’s attorney, Vincent White, declined to comment, but in a press release he used language reminiscent of that which Alex Rodriguez’s attorneys deployed in A-Rod’s explosive 2013 legal battle with MLB amid the Biogenesis steroid scandal.

“If the league is willing to pay witnesses for testimony and threaten livelihoods, who is to say what else they are capable of?” White asks in the press release. “For the good of the players, we need to reign them in.”


A spokesman for MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment on White’s claim, but the league has previously denied Mejia’s claims that the league pressured him at all.

Mejia’s permanent suspension, issued in February following his third positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, is the first ever under MLB’s current drug agreement. The Dominican righty had already been serving a full-season ban since last July, when he tested positive for Boldenone.

To successfully challenge an MLB ban, Mejia’s lawyers would need to enter into the arbitration proceedings required by the league’s collectively bargained agreement with the MLB Players Association. Only after such an arbitration was complete would any judge in a court of law be likely to hear a civil complaint.


The press release for Mejia’s press conference claims “a witness has even come forward recently claiming that the league offered to pay him in return for steroid related testimony against a player.”

That too echoes the A-Rod case, in which the arbitrator confirmed that both sides paid cash sums to witnesses in exchange for documentary evidence, much of which ended up in the public record.

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