Alex Rodriguez is being accused of paying off a Miami-area clinic to keep his name from being released with other potentially damaging documents about steroid use.
Back in February A-Rod was implicated in the scandal regarding Biogenesis, a South Florida company accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to a number of professional athletes.
Now sources close to an MLB investigation of the clinic said it appears A-Rod paid off employees to keep his name from being released. But investigators also say there is no physical evidence to tie him to the payments.
A report from February found that Alex Rodriguez purchased thousands of dollars worth of drugs from the clinic, and had its founder make the injections himself.
Many others were implicated in the scandal. From the Miami New Times, which broke the story:
“Then check out the main column, where their real names flash like an all-star roster of professional athletes with Miami ties: San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A’s hurler Bartolo Colón, pro tennis player Wayne Odesnik, budding Cuban superstar boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz. There’s even the New York Yankees’ $275 million man himself, Alex Rodriguez, who has sworn he stopped juicing a decade ago.”
The leak about A-Rod’s payments allegedly comes from a former Biogenesis of America employee, Michael Porter Fischer, left the company on bad terms in 2012.Fischer had originally invested $20,000 in the company, but had a falling out with founder Anthony Bosch when Bosch didn’t pay him back in full.
The investigation into Biogenesis could result in a number of suspensions and even criminal charges against its founders. Sources within MLB reportedly have a number of documents from the clinic, though it isn’t clear where those documents came from or exactly what they pertain to.
If it is true that A-Rod did purchase documents to keep his name from being included in the performance-enhancing drug report, he could face not only a suspension but criminal charges.