Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports has reported that Alex Rodriguez allegedly purchased documents in hopes of foiling MLB‘s Biogenesis investigation.
Rodriguez, who is currently appealing a 211-game ban, also reportedly used those documents to implicate Francisco Cervelli, his teammate with the New York Yankees, and Ryan Braun, the superstar for the Milwaukee Brewers.
David Cornwell, A-Rod’s attorney, denied the accusations against his client. Coincidentally, Cornwell also represented Braun, who is currently serving a 65-game ban, when the left fielder successfully appealed his first suspension in 2011.
The allegation is that when Anthony Bosch, the founder of the supposed anti-aging clinic, originally leaked his list of clients, the document had been heavily redacted. Rodriguez supposedly purchased a non-redacted version of the document, which included the names of Cervelli and Braun, and sent it off to Yahoo!.
That would have been a direct violation of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, as such an action would make the names of suspected PED users public, before the league had the chance to get out in front of the story. It could also help explain why Rodriguez got slapped with such an outlandishly long ban.
Cervelli is certainly the collateral in all of this. He’s just a part-time catcher who has hardly even made it onto the field in the past three seasons.
However, the 2011 NL MVP who so famously proclaimed that the “truth is on my side,” just might have had this coming. At the same 2012 press conference during spring training Braun also added: “I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.”
Whether or not Rodriguez or his camp were actually responsible for the leak, the slugger will widely be labeled a rat. However, the fact that Braun’s former lawyer may have had a hand in all this, seems to suggest that A-Rod was far from the only one who wanted to see Braun get popped.
Plus, the larger context of the Biogenesis scandal is also quite telling. The latest round in baseball’s ongoing battle against PEDs only ever blew up because Bosch botched a $4,000 deal with one of his business partners. The associate then sold the Biogenesis founder out to the Miami New Times. Bosch then promptly turned over all of his big league clients to commissioner Bud Selig and his investigators.
Any professional athlete who makes over $100 million, and is foolish enough to get involved with a joker like Bosch, has whatever happens coming.