Alex Rodriguez is not well-liked.
And the evidence that he violated Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy seems overwhelming. That's where Joe Tacopina comes in. Tacopina is one of A-Rod's lawyers, representing him both in the arbitration appeal of Rodriguez's 211-game suspension — which has already involved several days of hearings and is scheduled to resume the week of Nov. 18 — and in his lawsuit against MLB. And compared with some of the people that Tacopina has defended in the past, A-Rod is a friggin' hero. He might be overpaid, narcissistic, and already an admitted past PED user, but on the plus side, he's never been accused of murdering a policeman or exploiting 9/11, which can't be said of Tacopina's other clients.
But here's the thing. While many of the people who've been defended by the assertively Italian-American, media-friendly lawyer (see above) are most certainly 100% sleazeballs, they often end up found innocent — or at least not guilty — of the most serious accusations Tacopina is defending them against. Working every angle for clients with terrible reputations is his specialty. So while the A-Rod vs. MLB legal battle might not end with anyone liking the Yankees' third baseman, a total MLB victory would be a shock given the (relatively) successful outcomes Tacopina pulled off for the even creepier creeps below.
1. Joran Van Der Sloot
2. Bernard Kerik
3. Judith Regan
4. Lillo Brancato
5. Hiram Monserrate
6. Thomas Wiese
7. Kenneth Moreno
Every case is different, and many of the specific details of A-Rod's dispute with MLB are sealed. But here's what we do know: Past evidence suggests that when Joe Tacopina takes on a widely loathed client, it's not simply because he wants to be on television — it's because he thinks he can win.