Alex Rodriguez has
assembled a large team of lawyersand advisors to defend himself against Major League Baseball, Steve Eder of the New York Times reports.
He hired more than a dozen people and is paying them hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.
His arbitration hearing where he’ll appeal his 211-game suspension for alleged PED use starts Monday.
Here are some of the people on his team.
Joseph Tacopina: A trial lawyer who has represented high-profile clients like NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik and Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch citizen who was arrested but never charged in the Natalee Holloway disappearance.
David Cornwell: A sports law expert who got Ryan Braun’s suspension for a positive PED test overturned last year.
Andrew O’Connell: A private investigator and ex-Secret Service agent who turned up evidence that got the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn dismissed.
There are also PR people and other lawyers on his team.
Rodriguez is in the middle of a 10-year, $US275 million contract. He stands to lose more than $US30 million if the suspension is upheld. So the robust legal defence is worth it.
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