Mark Cuban criticizes A-Rod suspension
Mark Cuban, flamboyant billionaire and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, expressed his displeasure with the harsh penalty levied on Alex Rodriguez during a Thursday appearance on The Tonight Show.
Rodriguez was handed a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball on Monday for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic.
"Horrible. No, I think it’s disgraceful what Major League Baseball is trying to do to him," Cuban said of Rodriguez. "Not that he doesn’t deserve to be suspended, he does. But they have policies in place. First time offenders… 50 games, second time 100. 214 games? That’s personal…"
Cuban's ire was directed largely at MLB commissioner Bud Selig, accusing the longtime executive of questionable business practices. Cuban unsuccessfully attempted to buy the Texas Rangers in a bankruptcy auction back in 2010.
"It’s basically become Bud Selig’s mafia. He runs it the way he wants to run it… When I was trying to buy the Rangers, it was an open auction. And I sat in there with my good hard-earned money trying to bid and they did everything possible to keep me from buying the team. They had lawyers in their trying to change the rules, they had people trying to put up more money… it was horrible!"