From Steven Marcus at Newsday: Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to testify when his suspension appeal resumes next week. He’s expected to say he didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs during the time in question.
Thing is, Rodriguez testifying opens a whole new can of worms.
Under a provision in the collective-bargaining agreement, however, Rodriguez will be required to meet for an interview with MLB investigators before he testifies. The possibility of Rodriguez testifying opens the door for further sanctions if MLB decides he is not being truthful in his pre-interview. The decision to have Rodriguez testify at the hearing could be determined by the results of his pre-interview.
Representatives for Rodriguez could argue that a player should be able to proclaim his innocence without subjecting himself to additional discipline, but a change in the Basic Agreement would be required for that to occur.
Basically, it seems that if Rodriguez interviews with MLB and claims he didn’t use PEDs, the league could then claim that he’s lying based on their evidence, and discipline him for that. And with that, the whole mess finds a new way to become an even bigger mess.