The latest controversy surrounds New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.
According to an ESPN report released on Friday afternoon by T.J. Quinn and Matt Fish, Rodriguez received injections directly from Anthony Bosch, the man in charge of the now-defunct Biogenesis of America clinic, as described in the original New Times report.
Sources tell ESPN that Bosch would come over to Rodriguez's Miami home to inject the third baseman. The two would reportedly communicate via text messaging, and then Bosch would show up at A-Rod's Biscayne Bay waterfront mansion late at night to perform services.
Here's an excerpt from the piece:
Several sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Bosch spoke openly about his relationship with the Yankee All-Star, and two sources said that documents they reviewed detailed the drug regimens and schedules Rodriguez received.
Not only was Rodriguez receiving injections, but this latest report could tie him to heavier injections not directly related to human growth hormone or testosterone—the two main drugs sourced in the original report.
From the ESPN report:
The visits were every few weeks. One night last spring, a source said, Bosch told associates he had been kicked out of Rodriguez' home after he had trouble locating a vein and infuriated the player. The sources did not say why Bosch would have been tapping a vein, as HGH and testosterone do not require intravenous injections.
According to the New Times, Rodriguez had agreed to pay Bosch $12,000 a month for the next four years in exchange for the services (via USA Today).
The news comes a day after Rodriguez denied that he was involved in these allegations (h/t ESPN). Rodriguez announced through his publicist that he was not guilty, as noted by New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist Andy McCullough:
A-Rod spokesman on latest OTL report: "The allegations are not true."— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) February 1, 2013
A-Rod is MLB's active career home run leader with 647 and is one of the most decorated players in MLB history, winning three MVP awards during his time with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Yankees.
However, this isn't his first run-in with steroid allegations, as he admitted in an interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons that he used PEDs from 2001-2003 with the Rangers—arguably his best three seasons in the bigs.
He maintained in that interview that he had not used steroids since, but these recent reports directly contradict that assertion.
As the biggest name in a report that includes Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Washington Nationals ace Gio Gonzalez and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Rodriguez will likely receive the brunt of questioning and criticism for his role in Bosch's exploits.
One thing is clear: A-Rod has some explaining to do.
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