For months Alex Rodriguez has refused to answer the most basic of questions: Has he or has he not used illegal performance-enhancing drugs since his 2009 confession of earlier usage? On Monday his attorney Joseph Tacopina finally went there. Tacopina told CNN that Rodriguez had “absolutely not” taken illegal PEDs recently and challenged the notion that MLB possesses any evidence to the contrary. Rodriguez made such a statement back in January when the Miami New Times first reported of a connection between Rodriguez and Biogenesis the shuttered South Florida anti-aging clinic. However when Major League Baseball suspended him for 211 games on Aug. 5 Rodriguez began to decline comment on the subject. Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch testified during the first five days of the appeal hearing that he had extensive text messages and e-mails documenting conversations with Rodriguez about illegal PED usage from 2010 through 2012 according to a source familiar with the proceedings. Tacopina also admitted to CNN the Yankees’ beleaguered third baseman had paid $305000 for evidence concerning his appeal hearing which is on hiatus and will resume on Nov. 18. Here’s the twist though: According to a person briefed on the matter that money didn’t go toward actual evidence from Biogenesis but rather toward efforts to discredit MLB’s investigators. If true such purchases would not constitute obstruction one of the charges MLB is trying to prove against Rodriguez in the hearing. It is possible MLB presented different documentation to support its obstruction charge. Tacopina told CNN his camp had paid $105000 for “actual documentation from two witnesses” and deposited $200000 for a videotape that had not yet been received. The Post reported last week that A-Rod’s camp had testified to the $305000 purchase in the hearing.
‘Absolutely not’: A-Rod camp finally denies PED usage
New York Post | Oct 23