On Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Timothy Liam Epstein, Chair of the firm's Sports Law Practice Group, appeared on Good Day Chicago. During the morning program, airing on Fox Chicago, Tim discussed the recent suspension of Chicago Cubs outfielder, Milton Bradley.
On Sunday, September 20, 2009, Cubs' General Manager Jim Hendry suspended Milton Bradley for the remainder of the 2009 season (15 games) for "conduct detrimental to the team." Bradley, who has a history of behavioral issues both on and off the field with the Cubs and his other prior teams, made a number of disparaging comments about the Cubs organization in a September 19, 2009, interview in the Daily Herald. In addition to the comments made in the Daily Herald, Bradley’s conduct in Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals may also have played a role in Hendry’s ultimate decision to suspend the right fielder, who has two years left on a $30 million contract. After taking himself out of the starting lineup due to an apparent knee injury, Bradley refused to pinch-hit late in the game. Following the game, the refusal turned into a confrontation between Bradley and hitting coach Von Joshua.
As of early Wednesday morning, Hendry had yet to disclose a formal notice of suspension to Bradley, his agents, or the Union. Tim discusses whether Bradley's behavior constitutes "just cause" under the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Union, what Bradley's options are at this point, and the Cubs' likelihood of success before baseball's arbitration panel if a grievance is filed.
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On Sunday, September 27, 2009, from 9pm to 10pm, Tim will be appearing on WGN Radio AM 720 on “Legally Speaking” with hosts Karen Conti and Greg Adamski. The full hour is devoted to Sports Law issues covering Milton Bradley, the "metal bat" debate in amateur baseball, disappointment lawsuits, student athlete personal website/social networking issues, and liability for coaches for the injuries and deaths of players on the athletic field. You can listen on-line as well. Post-air, a recording will be available on the firm website.
For more information on this matter, or any sports law matter, please contact Timothy Epstein at 312.894.3227.