Cousin Who Helped A-Rod Juice Identified

Yuri Sucart described as A-Rod's lap dog
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2009 12:56 PM CST
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez stretches in the outfield during a spring training baseball workout in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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(Newser) – The cousin who injected Alex Rodriguez with steroids has been identified as Yuri Sucart, a longtime friend and confidant of the disgraced Yankee, ESPN reports. The previously anonymous relative, whom A-Rod refused to identify during his mea-culpa news conference Tuesday, is too devoted to Rodriguez to have stopped him, friends of the cousins say. “He took an instruction from me and felt he was doing something helpful, not hurtful," A-Rod said.

One source said A-Rod’s comments fit the Sucart he knew. “He did what Alex told him to. He was only looking out for Alex,” the source said. “He is not a guy who would take the initiative to go out and buy drugs. He is a person who would be with him forever, a loyal guy without a bad bone in his body."