New York Yankees president Randy L. Levine, a GW trustee and one of the University’s most prominent alumni, is locked in a war of words with slugger Alex Rodriguez.
The third baseman’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopi, issued harsh allegations against Levine this weekend. Tacopi alleged in an interview in the New York Times on Saturday that Levine had told the doctor performing hip surgery on Rodriguez to deliberately keep him off the field for good so that the team could pick up over $100 million worth of insurance dollars off his contract.
Levine, who graduated from GW in 1977 and has served on the Board of Trustees for five years, shot back Sunday, challenging the former Most Valuable Player to release his medical records to back up his lawyer’s claims. “Alex should put up or shut up,” Levine said.
“If he really believes that, he should file a grievance for the release of all his medical records,” Levine said in his ESPNNewYork.com interview. “We’re willing to release all of them. All he has to do is say yes and we’ll release them all for everyone to see.”
Levine had his hands on a key University review in recent years, taking a look at the budget for the Department of Athletics and Recreation in 2011. The review, which Levine helmed, called for an infusion of money to help close a departmental deficit and lagging sports funding.