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Thursday 13, Nov 2014

  A-Rod Confessed To Making Payments For Testosterone-Filled Syringes And Creams

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A rod confessed to making payments for testosterone-filled syringes and creams

The Miami Herald has reported that Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance enhancing drugs in an interview with federal agents. The newspaper revealed the New York Yankees superstar made this disclosure during investigations in the context of a Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of baseball’s doping scandal.

Rodriguez, who was given immunity, also revealed that Anthony Bosch, owner of the clinic, told him to use mid-stream urine to beat an MLB urine test for PEDs. The Herald report also disclosed that Rodriguez admitted to using the drugs from 2010 to 2012.

Joseph Tacopina, the New York-based attorney of Rodriguez, said he would not comment on the report. Tacopina remarked Grand jury secrecy law, which appears to have been violated, prevents me from answering one way or the other.

The Herald reported, citing a 15-page summary of the meeting between Rodriguez and federal agents, the baseball star admitted to buying and using hormone-filled syringes and creams from the clinic. The 39-year-old was banned by Major League Baseball for violating the MLB’s anti-doping program. According to the report, A-Rod injected human growth hormone into his stomach and even described how Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-defunct clinic, gave him tips on evading doping tests of MLB.

A few weeks ago, Bosch pled guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

It is believed Rodriguez told federal agents that he first met Bosch in the 2010 summer when he was trying to lose weight and was struggling with a knee injury. The paper said A-Rod confessed to using various testosterone-laced products, including lozenges known as “gummies.” The Herald gained access to documents as criminal charges were pursued by prosecutors against Bosch and six others tied to the scandal, including Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart.

Prosecutors disclosed that Rodriguez gave a total of $900,000 in late 2013 to Sucart after the lawyers of Sucart threatened the baseball star, according to court records. It was Sucart who introduced Rodriguez to Bosch, the Herald reported. Documents recently unsealed in the federal criminal case against Yuri Sucart revealed that Rodriguez paid about $1 million, plus other benefits, as part of a settlement agreement to Sucart, his cousin and former personal assistant. The cousin of Rodriguez is facing charges that he conspired to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone.

The Yankees recently reinstated Rodriguez and could move him from third base to first base in the coming season.

The professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball is not new to controversies. Recently, Yuri Sucart’s wife accused him the 39-year-old slugger pissed on the floor when they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2012. Rodriguez had offered to pay the Sucart family to keep them silent about his drug use and extramarital womanizing. Carmen said Alex is so poor and the only thing he has is money and added he sleeps with his money and he will die with his money. She went on to remark that Alex was so arrogant and he came into my house like he thought he was a god.

Tuesday 08, Jul 2014

  Rodriguez Won 2007 MVP After Testosterone Exemption

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According to a new book, Major League Baseball officials allowed New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to make use of Testosterone during his 2007 MVP season.

The book, Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts revealed that Alex Rodriguez was one of two players that season who were granted therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for androgen deficiency medications. It was further revealed that exemption to A-Rod was given two days before the start of spring training. According to the book excerpt, Major League Baseball entered into evidence several exemptions that were requested by Rodriguez since he joined the Yankees. It is surely a huge surprise for many as MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred called Testosterone “the mother of all anabolics” and remarked that testosterone exemptions are very rare as some people who have been involved in this field feel that with a young male, healthy young male, the most likely cause of low testosterone requiring this type of therapy would be prior steroid abuse.

Rodriguez hit a major-league leading 54 homers with 156 RBI during the 2007 season. The baseball star was recently suspended from baseball for using banned performance enhancing drugs that he purchased from the now-defunct Biogenesis Clinic.

A-Rod also applied for two other exemptions in 2008. According to the book, A-Rod, the American professional baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, was given permission to use Clomid that is prescribed to men diagnosed with hypogonadism and may also be used to prevent the formation of excess estrogens associated with the use of harsh and aromatizable steroids. MLB however denied him permission to use Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) that is used for weight loss while also producing Testosterone.

In a statement, MLB said all decisions regarding whether a player shall receive a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) under the Joint Drug Program are made by the Independent Program Administrator (IPA) in consultation with outside medical experts, with no input by either the Office of the Commissioner or the Players Association. It was added that the process is confidentially administered by the IPA, and MLB and the MLBPA are not even made aware of which players applied for TUEs and the TUE process under the Joint Drug Program is comparable to the process under the World Anti-Doping Code.

The MLB officials also added that the standard for receiving a TUE for a medication listed as a performance-enhancing substance is stringent, with only a few such TUEs being issued each year by the IPA. It also revealed that MLB and the MLBPA annually review the TUE process to make sure it meets the most up-to-date standards for the issuance of therapeutic use exemptions. MLB officials also remarked MLB and the MLBPA have publicly issued the IPA’s annual report as recommended by the Mitchell Report since 2008 about which documents how many TUEs were granted for each category of medication and further added that we believe this high level of transparency helps to ensure the proper operation of the TUE process.

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Saturday 05, Apr 2014

  Doping Rules Toughened By MLB And MLBPA

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Doping Rules Toughened By MLB And MLBPA

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have decided it is time for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association by announcing longer suspensions for violators and other reforms.

According to the announcement, a first violation for performance enhancing substances will result in an unpaid suspension of 80 games increased from 50 games. A second violation will now carry an unpaid suspension of 162 games, which would be increased from 100 games while a third violation will still result in a permanent ban from Major League Baseball.

It was also announced that baseball players suspended for doping will also be barred from participating in the post-season of that year, irrespective of when their suspension ends. Moreover, these players will not be eligible for automatic shares of the players’ bonus pool provided to players on clubs that make the playoffs. Players who face suspensions for doping will now be subjected to six additional urine tests and three additional blood tests, all unannounced during every subsequent year of their careers.

The number of in-season random urine collections beginning the 2014 season for all players will more than double from 1,400 to 3,200. Meanwhile, blood collections for detecting the use of Human growth hormone will increase to 400 random collections per year. The Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association provided the Arbitration Panel with the ability to reduce the discipline of a player, subject to certain limitations, for the use of certain types of performance enhancing drugs if the player is able to prove at a hearing that the use was not intended to improve performance.

In a statement, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Major League Baseball is proud to announce some of the most significant improvements that we have made to our program in recent years. Selig added he is committed to constantly finding ways to improve the program in order to eradicate performance-enhancing drugs from the game and for MLB to serve as a model for other drug programs. Selig said baseball continues to try to escape the cloud of more than a decade of doping scandals despite having the toughest anti-doping policies in all of US pro sports.

Players’ union executive director Tony Clark said experience proves that increased penalties alone are not sufficient and added that’s why the players pushed for a dramatic increase in the frequency and sophistication of our tests, as well as comprehensive changes in a number of other areas of the program that will serve as a deterrent.

Last year, MLB imposed lengthy suspensions and fines on some of the most eminent baseball stars, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun for their involvement in Biogenesis clinic scandal. Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, was suspended for 162 games, keeping him off the field for the entire 2014 season. This was after Alex Rodriguez, considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, was originally suspended for 211 games by MLB.

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Monday 27, Jan 2014

  Full-Season Suspension A ‘Big Favor,’ Says Alex Rodriguez

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Full-Season Suspension A ‘Big Favor,’ Says Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez may have sued Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (or MLBPA) against his reason season suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement, but it seems the Yankees third batsman is coming to terms with the fact that he will not be playing Major League Baseball in 2014.

The New York Yankees third baseman however expressed confidence that he will be back. Rodriguez remarked the full-season doping suspension he is scheduled to serve this year may actually turn out to be a “big favor” as he has been playing for 20 years without a timeout. According to the translation of a video at a promotional event in Mexico City, Rodriguez said he believes 2014 will be a good year to rest physically, mentally, and to prepare for the future and to start a new chapter of his life. A-Rod, who will be 39 when he is eligible to make a comeback, expects to return to the Yankees in 2015 and said there are three years left in his contract starting in 2015, and he expects to play very well and finishes his career in New York.

These remarks of Rodriguez were his first ever since an arbitrator upheld most of a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball, reducing it to a full season of 162 games and the postseason. Alex Rodriguez has decided to continue his fight against the doping battle and his lawyers filed suit in a federal court, taking aim at Major League Baseball, the players union, and the arbitrator who heard his case, asking a judge for vacating his punishment. Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s spokesman, said this process has been taxing both mentally and physically throughout the past eight months and Alex will abide by the rulings of the federal judge – whatever he decides – and get ready for 2015 should the judge rule against him.

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz found the baseball star using three banned substances each year from 2010 to 2012 and making two attempts for obstructing MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

It is widely believed by some legal experts that the chances of a federal judge throwing out the decision reached by Fredric Horowitz, MLB’s chief arbitrator are bleak to say the least. It is not common for judges to intervene in cases where private parties – the league and the union – have agreed to an arbitration process for handling disputes and a judge will act only if Alex Rodriguez could prove that Horowitz was unfair or biased.

In another development, a Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer has revealed that Rodriguez wanted the union to pursue extraordinary remedies outside of arbitration to stop attempts for disciplining the New York Yankees third baseman. Attorney Daniel Engelstein also urged that two Rodriguez lawsuits in Manhattan federal court be combined into a single case. The attorney said Alex Rodriguez accused the MLBPA of acting arbitrarily by not complying with Rodriguez’s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to `stand up’ to MLB and to stop it from acting in a manner Rodriguez characterized as improper.

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Sunday 19, Jan 2014

  Rodriguez Meticulous With Doping, Says Bosch

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Rodriguez Meticulous With Doping, Says Bosch

Anthony Bosch, the founder and former proprietor of the infamous anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, has remarked Alex Rodriguez was meticulous in his quest to exploit the advantages of performance enhancing drugs to gain a distinctive edge. Bosch said Rodriguez, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, wanted to become the sole member of the 800 home run club.

Speaking in an interview with the CBS News program 60 Minutes, Bosch said he personally injected the New York Yankees third baseman with performance enhancing drugs as A-Rod was “scared of needles.” According to a publicity release, Bosch said in the interview that Alex would ask him to inject at times. The 60 Minutes segment also disclosed that the baseball star spent $12,000 a month in doing business with Bosch, who claimed the most important objective of A-Rod was the 800 home run club. Bosch featured alongside Major League Baseball’s Rob Manfred in the CBS News program 60 Minutes.

The three-time American League MVP was the biggest name along with one-time MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. Recently, the 211-game suspension of Rodriguez from Major League Baseball was lowered by an arbitrator to 162 games, plus any 2014 playoff games. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced the suspension imposed on Rodriguez’, originally levied by Major League Baseball in August 2013, from 211 to 162 games and ordered that the New York Yankees third baseman be banned from any 2014 postseason games as well. In a lawsuit, MLB had claimed that Biogenesis and Bosch, along with others, created a violation of the players’ contracts by supplying them with banned performance enhancing substances. Rodriguez has never tested positive for a banned substance since he joined the New York team.

Bosch told CBS anchor Scott Pelley that he personally delivered banned substances including testosterone, insulin-like growth factor 1, and human growth hormone to Alex Rodriguez at least a dozen times and the baseball star paid him $12,000 a month in cash. Bosch added that A-Rod asked him for what he gave MLB superstar Manny Ramirez, a former Bosch client. Bosch also claimed that the associates of Alex Rodriguez tried to intimidate him for preventing him from helping with the MLB investigation into the player. Manfred told Pelley during the interview that he believes the threats Bosch said he received could be legitimate. He added the concerns seemed credible, particularly given that he identified individuals that we had our own concerns about, said Manfred.  Bosch also showed text messages between A-Rod and himself that demonstrated that the two at times were in contact daily.

MLB’s COO Rob Manfred and MLB dropped a lawsuit against Bosch and they are now paying for security guards for Bosch. They have agreed to cover his legal fees in return for his cooperation.

The 38-year-old Rodriguez issued a statement that said he had been clear that he did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it he will take this fight to federal court.

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Monday 13, Jan 2014

  Alex Rodriguez Gets Season Doping Ban

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Alex Rodriguez Gets Season Doping Ban

Alex Rodriguez, the highest paid star of baseball, has been suspended for the entire 2014 season in a doping scandal. The New York Yankees third baseman was given a 162-game doping ban by an arbitrator instead of the 211-game ban imposed upon Rodriguez last August by the Major League Baseball.

The ruling by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz means that the slugger from New York Yankees will be losing more than $22m (£13m) for the games he is missing. The 38-year-old Rodriguez, popularly known as A-Rod, was one of the few players who were linked with a now-closed Florida clinic that allegedly supplied banned performing enhancing drugs. Rodriguez said he would fight to reverse the ban and attack the ruling by terming it as one man’s decision that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve him having failed a single drug test, and is at odds with the facts. Rodriguez said the number of games sadly comes as no surprise as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. Rodriguez added he has been unfairly targeted as a first step for club owners for abolishing guaranteed contracts and imposing life bans for doping in the next contract with the players union.

A-Rod went on to add that he had been clear that he did not use performance-enhancing substances as alleged and in order to prove it he will take this fight to federal court. The ban imposed on Alex Rodriguez is the longest in the sport’s history for doping. Not only this, it raises the possibility that A-Rod will not play again. On the other hand, the Major League Baseball union said it “strongly” disagreed with the ruling but recognized that a final and binding decision has been reached. The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) said we recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached. A statement issued by MLBPA added that we respect the collectively bargained arbitration process which led to the decision.

Last year, Alex Rodriguez was suspended along with 13 other players include the Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, Ryan Braun of Milwaukee Brewers, Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres’ Everth Cabrera all of whom received a ban of 50 games.

Major League Baseball said the punishment imposed on Alex Rodriguez was over his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years. The MLB also accused A-Rod of attempting to cover up his violations by obstructing the investigation.

Rodriguez and other baseball players were accused of buying and using performance enhancing drugs from a now-defunct Florida drug clinic, Biogenesis. A-Rod was also accused of interfering with the Major League Baseball investigation into Biogenesis, which many believed resulted in a harsher penalty. This is not the first time that Rodriguez has been associated with performance-enhancing drugs. He admitted to using these drugs while playing for a Texas team (between 2001 to 2003) but had denied using anabolic steroids since.

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Saturday 30, Nov 2013

  Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

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Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

The arbitration hearing of Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez, nicknamed “A-Rod,” ended on Thursday without the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball testifying.

The baseball player has been fighting the suspension of 211 games imposed on him by Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez publicly blasted Bud Selig, the MLB commissioner, and MLB last week. A-Rod was suspended by the MLB for his alleged involvement with the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida that provided banned performance enhancing drugs. In the same case, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun received a suspension of 65 games for his dealing with the clinic while 12 other players were given 50-game suspensions.

The case was closed after twelve days of testimony. The fate of Rodriguez for the next season is now in the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The three-time former Most Valuable Player and his lawyers signaled their lack of faith in the proceedings by vowing to release all of the evidence and preparing to take the case into federal court. The baseball star stormed out of the hearing and his lawyers remarked that A-Rod would longer participate unless Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig agrees to testify. Lead attorney Joe Tacopina said we’re not going to participate in a process that’s obviously a fait accompli and not a fair process and we are absolutely shutting down at this point. The attorneys of Rodriguez are upset that the MLB commissioner was not ordered by the arbitrator to testify in the hearing and Tacopina said the next phase of the case is a move to federal court regardless how Horowitz rules.

It was reported that Alex Rodriguez made an abrupt exit ad slammed a table in anger following Horowitz’s ruling and kicked a briefcase before leaving the room. He later released a statement to explain his action and blasted Selig and Horowitz. A-Rod said he is disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails and added he had sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. He also remarked this morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face him. Alex Rodriguez went on to add that the absurdity and injustice just became too much and he walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.

In a statement replying to Alex’s statement, the MLB said Major League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process for more than 40 years to address disputes between the two parties. It was added that this negotiated process has served players and clubs well and despite Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration panel’s rulings today, Major League Baseball remains committed to this process and to a fair resolution of the pending dispute.

In another development, Alex Rodriguez made an unscheduled radio appearance on WFAN radio and denied to host Mike Francesa that he ever used performance enhancing drugs.

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Thursday 31, Oct 2013

  Manfred Testimony Should Be Released, Says Lawyer Of A-Rod

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MANFRED TESTIMONY SHOULD BE RELEASED, SAYS LAWYER OF A-ROD

Joseph Tacopina, one of Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyers against Major League Baseball for his suspension of 2011 games, has asked MLB to release testimony about whether Commissioner Bud Selig was aware that Anthony Bosch distributed banned substances to teenagers.

Baseball’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, recently testified during the grievance filed by the players’ union to overturn Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension. It is rumored that Manfred testified that baseball was not interested whether Bosch, the owner of now-closed Biogenesis clinic, distributed performance enhancing drugs to minors because the interest of MLB was his relationship with players under investigation. Manfred remarked the focus of his organization was on whether players violated the sport’s drug agreement or labor contract and he added that said MLB had been a leader in preventing steroid abuse by youth.

According to rumors, the legal team of Rodriguez is trying to show that evidence linked to Biogenesis investigation was purchased at a point in time when it couldn’t be used to obstruct the investigation by MLB. Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz said the stuff that was bought has nothing to do with the arbitration process and obstruction. MLB suspended Rodriguez 50 games for a first violation, 100 for a second, and 61 for obstruction. In a tortuous interference lawsuit filed earlier this month, the lawyers of Alex Rodriguez claimed that MLB investigators have bullied witnesses and engaged in a “witch hunt” during their probe. In the past, Rodriguez’s representatives have repeatedly denied allegations in some newspapers that the baseball star and his representatives purchased Bosch’s notebooks and other Biogenesis documents.

Last summer, MLB suspended 13 players after an investigation of Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. On August 5 this year, Alex Rodriguez received the lengthiest penalty of 211 games and was the only one in the group to contest his discipline.

Alex Rodriguez, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB), is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 and 600 home runs and has 14 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any other player in history.

In a statement, Tacopina said while Manfred has violated the confidentiality requirements of the collective bargaining agreement by making reference to his testimony, we choose to live up to our obligations. He added Manfred knows that he has not accurately described his testimony and we therefore call on him to put forward his full testimony at the hearing about his and commissioner Selig’s knowledge of, and relative regard for, Bosch’s dealing performance enhancing drugs to minors at the time MLB struck its cooperation and indemnity deal with Bosch.

Meanwhile, baseball’s chief operating officer blamed those on side of Rodriguez for the release of information from the hearing. Manfred said there have been numerous and ongoing leaks from Tacopina and other members of the Rodriguez camp and we have made limited responses to correct the inaccuracies that have been put out by those associated with Rodriguez. He went on to add that it is ironic that Tacopina would have the temerity to complain about breaches of the confidentiality agreement.

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Monday 21, Oct 2013

  Rodriguez Shelled Out $305,000 For Evidence

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Rodriguez Shelled Out $305,000 For Evidence

According to latest rumors, New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and his representatives confirmed during sworn testimony that Rodriguez forked over the $305,000 for purchasing ‘various forms of evidence,’ including videotapes, documents, and affidavits that may have incriminated him or that would be used in his defense in an arbitration or court proceeding.

A person familiar with the arbitration proceedings at baseball’s Park Avenue offices has revealed that Alex Rodriguez paid $305,000 for evidence involved in the Major League Baseball’s investigation linking him to multiple violations of the league’s collectively bargained drug agreement. A-Rod was suspended by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig for 211 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal.

The admission came as documents were submitted to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who will decide whether the suspension of A-Rod will stand, be reduced or thrown out. Legal team of the baseball superstar, led by criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina, has accused Major League Baseball in the press of conducting a “witch hunt” in its investigation and of paying for evidence. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred had acknowledged paying $125,000 for documents related to the investigation of Biogenesis anti-aging clinic that MLB’s actions were perfectly legal. Manfred added that there is nothing wrong with purchasing documents in an investigation and the MLB did it in the course of trying to see if it had players using performance enhancing drugs in violation of our agreement.

Alex Rodriguez has been facing many legal hurdles in the recent past and recently filed a medical malpractice suit against Yankee team doctor Christopher Ahmad and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. In the malpractice suit, Alex Rodriguez has claimed that Ahmad did not properly diagnose his left hip injury during last year’s playoffs. It was further alleged in the suit that Ahmad did not disclose to Rodriguez the MRI results on the left hip and states that after performing, understanding and analyzing the MRI, (Ahmad) had diagnosed Plaintiff as suffering from a superior labral tear at the left hip; and without informing the plaintiff of the diagnosis, knowingly cleared the Plaintiff to resume playing as a third baseman for the New York Yankees during the (2012) season playoffs, thus allowing the Plaintiff to further injure himself and the necessity for additional surgeries.

In another development Dan Mullin, who led the investigation of Alex Rodriguez and his alleged association with the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic, has denied that he was never the target of any probe when he was involved in a money laundering/prostitution case during the mid-‘90s. Mullin remarked he was transferred to be the head of Staten Island detective operations, which is in charge of all the detectives on Staten Island, a prestigious spot. Daniel Castleman, who was the long-time chief of investigations in the Manhattan DA’s office, said Dan Mullin was never under investigation in the case and served with distinction and honor throughout his career. Michael Tiffany, a retired NYPD assistant chief who worked with Mullin for many years, said MLB is very fortunate to have Dan and added Mullin didn’t have evidence against A-Rod, he would never say that he had a case against him and he’s not going to create something or manufacture evidence.

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Monday 07, Oct 2013

  Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

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Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball accusing the league of allegedly buying the testimony of an important witness in the doping case built against him. The filing was made by the New York Yankees star in the New York State Supreme Court.

The filing made by Alex Rodriguez claimed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and others in the organization are making attempts to improperly marshal evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez. The baseball star claimed MLB paid $150,000 for records from the clinic and is paying Anthony Bosch, who ran the now-defunct Miami anti-aging clinic accused of selling banned performance enhancing drugs to many baseball stars, $5 million for his information against Rodriguez

The 38-year-old third baseman was recently banned for 211 games by the MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal. MLB commissioner Selig said A-Rod tried to impede the investigation in which 13 baseball stars including 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun were suspended for at least 50 games.

Rodriguez, with 654 home runs to his credit, appealed against the ban and was able to take part in the final weeks of the season. A decision on his case is believed to happen before the start of 2014 pre-season workouts. The Yankees’ star didn’t mention his team in the lawsuit that seeks damages that would be determined at trial. A-Rod, in his lawsuit, remarked the MLB commissioner wants to make him an example to gloss over the past inaction and tacit approval by Selig of the use of performance enhancing substances in baseball in an attempt to secure his legacy as the ‘savior’ of America’s pastime.

Rodriguez also said Selig turned a blind eye to doping in baseball to help it recover from a labor dispute that wiped out the 1994 World Series and reversed course only US lawmakers put pressure in 2006. The star baseman also remarked MLB has league damaging information about Rodriguez to the media, which is a violation of confidentiality agreement and that investigators have bribed and intimidated witnesses and even impersonated police officers.

In response to the lawsuit by Alex Rodriguez, MLB issued a statement claiming Rodriguez has violated confidentiality agreements as well as doping rules. The statement reads that this lawsuit is a clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The statement also said that while we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the basic agreement by attempting to cover-up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.

Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

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