Tomorrow is my birthday. Looks like I’ll get a gift: the chance to write about a lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging “years of corruption” and which will allege “the breaking of state and federal laws, invasion of privacy, computer hacking, extortion threats, and obstruction of justice.”
The specifics are unknown. I and others in the media, however, were sent an email teasing the suit and an attendant press conference regarding it all tomorrow at 2pm Eastern. The suit is to be filed in New York. The lawyer filing the suit and holding the press conference is Vincent White, the same lawyer who has represented recenttly banned-for-life Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia. At the time of Mejia’s banning, White lashed out at Major League Baseball, hitting many of the same notes mentioned in the press release. An update to the press release specifically says, however, that the matter is not in regard to Mejia, so who knows? The sorts of allegations alluded to in the release are the sorts that have been raised in the past with respect to baseball’s investigations of PED use, specifically arising out of the Biogenesis investigation, so perhaps there is some overlap.
I’m reproducing the entire release below. For what it’s worth, I’m firmly on “believe it when I see it” footing here. I’ll obviously reserve comment until I’ve seen a complaint, but it’s not common for counsel for a plaintiff with a suit that is more about substance than sizzle to issue a teaser like this. More to the point: whatever you think of Major League Baseball’s tactics with respect to recent investigations — and I’m on record as not being a fan of them — it’s not an organization that is careless when it comes to matters of legal liability. The release suggests former employees dropping a dime and the breaking of laws. That this isn’t coming up first in a criminal investigation or in the course of some investigative journalism makes me skeptical as to the merits.
But like I said: we’ll see.
A press conference is to be held on Thursday July 14th, 2016 at The Law Office of Vincent White, located at 570 Lexington Ave on the 16th floor in Manhattan at 2 PM EST NEW TIME!. The conference is being held to reveal a lawsuit that will have just been filed along with uncovering years of corruption inside Major League Baseball, specifically alleging past activities of Commissioner Bud Selig, current Commissioner Rob Manfred, and many that work for the MLB Commissioner’s Office.
A detailed multi year investigation has brought many items to light including statements from former employees that have included the breaking of state and federal laws, invasion of privacy, computer hacking, extortion threats, and obstruction of justice.
Years of corrupt mob-like activity will be revealed in The Commissioner Office’s actions against MLB teams, owners, MLB players, agents, accused / suspended players, and many third parties independently operated outside of MLB.