A-Rod Camp Ratted Out Players to Press: Report

Could mean lifetime ban for Yankee
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2013 10:27 AM CDT
A-Rod Camp Ratted Out Players to Press: Report
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches his first-inning double off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

If what sources are saying is true, Alex Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension may be looking a little less promising. 60 Minutes reports that it was members of A-Rod's camp who in February leaked Ryan Braun and Yankee Francisco Cervelli's names to Yahoo! Sports, via a document that implicated them in the doping scandal. As CBS News reports, two sources say A-Rod's camp got its hands on an unredacted version of the document (doping regimens handwritten by Miami clinic chief Anthony Bosch) just days after a redacted version, which contained A-Rod's name, was published by the Miami New Times. The information, if true, could be enough to get him banned from baseball for good, the Atlantic Wire reports.

A-Rod's lawyer isn't buying what the sources are selling, though. "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," he said in a statement. "While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues." Publicly naming players as PED users before the situation has been dealt with privately is a direct violation of the league's collective bargaining agreement, and is grounds for suspension in and of itself, USA Today notes. A-Rod's case is expected to be heard in the coming weeks. (More Alex Rodriguez stories.)

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