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Statement from MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner Regarding Biogenesis Suspensions

August 5, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

New York, NY, Monday, August 5, 2013 … Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner today issued the following statement regarding the Biogenesis suspensions.

“The accepted suspensions announced today are consistent with the punishments set forth in the Joint Drug Agreement, and were arrived at only after hours of intense negotiations between the bargaining parties, the players and their representatives.

For the player appealing, Alex Rodriguez, we agree with his decision to fight his suspension. We believe that the Commissioner has not acted appropriately under the Basic Agreement. . Mr. Rodriguez knows that the Union, consistent with its history, will defend his rights vigorously.

The Union’s members have made it clear that they want a clean game. They support efforts to discipline players, and harshly, to help ensure an even playing field for all. The players support the Union’s efforts to uphold the JDA while at the same time guaranteeing that players receive the due process rights and confidentiality protections granted under the agreement.

Lastly, l want to close by stating our profound disappointment in the way individuals granted access to private and privileged information felt compelled to share that information publicly. The manner in which confidential information was so freely exchanged is not only a threat to the success and credibility of our jointly administered program; it calls into question the level of trust required to administer such a program. It is our view that when the bargaining parties hold their annual review of the program, we must revisit the JDA’s confidentiality provisions and consider implementing stricter rules for any breach by any individual involved in the process.”

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Media contact: Greg Bouris, Director of Communications; 212/826-0808; gbouris@mlbpa.org

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One Response to “Statement from MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner Regarding Biogenesis Suspensions”
  1. The MLB Players Association bonded together in 1972, under the direction of Marvin Miller, to ensure that the basic right of a competitive free market with equal opportunity for Major League Baseball Players was upheld. A free market means a market free of performance enhancing drugs. I applaud the Player’s Association for cooperating with the ownership of MLB to ensure a competitive working environment for the vast majority of ballplayers who believe in playing by the rules.

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