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August 11, 2013

Moral reasons support Dream Act

Allowing citizenship would add $2 billion to economy

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Technically Mr. Rodriguez’s case is still under review; the star is pursuing an appeals process, which will put the matter before an arbitrator sometime in the next few weeks. A separate federal investigation is ongoing, too.

But Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig reportedly has stacks of evidence — e-mails, text messages, phone calls — showing that Mr. Rodriguez worked with Biogenesis, a now-defunct Miami clinic that reportedly offered sports stars performance-enhancing drugs. A-Rod had admitted to using certain performance-enhancing substances between 2001 and 2003. But he has offered no acceptance of guilt or hint of remorse for the conduct alleged on Monday, which apparently occurred between 2010 and 2012.

Even if an arbiter sustains Mr. Rodriguez’s guilt and punishment, the third baseman still will be in line to make another $61 million off of his monstrously large contract. In anticipation of the suspensions, A-Rod nevertheless seemed to explain away the investigation against him as some conspiracy by Major League Baseball and the Yankees to deny him salary.

Instead, he should count himself lucky that his and other baseball contracts are exceedingly generous; if the charges against him stick, the Yankees would have a moral reason, if not the legal right, to cancel his contract entirely. — Washington Post

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