Alex Rodriguez has filed suit against Major League Baseball, claiming league officials trampled on their own rules and paid off witnesses in an effort to "destroy the reputation and career" of Rodriguez so that Commissioner Bud Selig could "attempt to secure his legacy as the 'savior' of America's pastime."
The suit, filed late Thursday in New York State Supreme Court and released Friday, names Selig and the league as defendants.
The suit comes at the end of the first week of an arbitration hearing in which Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.
In a statement Friday, the league dismissed the suit as "a desperate attempt to circumvent" the MLB drug policy and labor agreements. The league said it "vehemently" denies the allegations in the Rodriguez suit and said they distract from "the real issue": Did Rodriguez violate baseball's drug policy on multiple occasions and interfere with the league's investigation?