As if the situation wasn’t already bad enough for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, evidence that he indeed did obstruct baseball’s Biogenesis investigation surfaced Friday morning.
According to a report by 60 Minutes, members of A-Rod’s inner circle leaked the names of the Milwaukee Brewers‘ Ryan Braun and the Yankees’ Francisco Cervilli to a media outlet.
The report claims that members of A-Rod’s camp obtained un-redacted documents from the clinic, and then leaked redacted versions of the document to Yahoo! Sports later that day.
David Cornwell, Rodriguez’ lawyer, denied the allegations emphatically, via a statement to 60 Minutes.
“The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex — this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game. While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues.”
Considering that one of the players named in the documents is one of A-Rod’s teammates, this could be devastating to his relationship and credibility in the locker room. It could also be devastating to A-Rod’s appeal.
MLB claims that A-Rod obstructed their investigation into the clinic, and tampered with one of the witnesses in the Biogenesis scandal. A-Rod obtaining the documents would show that he had something to hide, and was indeed attempting to obstruct the investigation. Why else would someone pay for and leak documents of a small clinic in Miami if they weren’t somehow involved?
This also puts feat on why baseball felt justified in their 211 game suspension of A-Rod.
If true, the 60 Minutes report could mean that a reduction in A-Rod’s suspension would be highly unlikely. Assuming that the full suspension is indeed upheld, his career would effectively be over.
A-Rod is still not speaking to media regarding the new reports or the investigation, rather he is electing to repeatedly say he is going to “respect the appeals process.”
One thing you can take to the bank is, whether or not this report is true, A-Rod is going to fight this thing to the end, even if it means taking the entire case to Federal Court.
When A-Rod came to the Yankees from the Texas Rangers, he was to be the face of turning the corner on the steroid era and the new statistics king. Now, he may leave the game as one of the most hated men in it’s long history.
Never has a sport seen a more self-destructive and polarizing figure than Alex Rodriguez. Let’s hope that the saga is finally coming to an end. I, for one, have seen enough of it.