Alex Rodriguez apparently isn't going to take his latest performance-enhancing drug allegations lying down.
According to Michael S. Schmidt of The New York Times, A-Rod reportedly arranged the purchase of documents linking him to PED use in a Miami clinic before Major League Baseball could get its hands on the evidence.
Here's a series of Schmidt's tweets breaking the news:
MLB has uncovered evidence that a rep of A-Rod arranged to have documents purchased from a South Florida anti aging clinic— Michael S. Schmidt (@MichaelSSchmidt) April 12, 2013
Never one to shy away from denial, Rodriguez has already released a statement (through representation) denying the report that he sought to cover up this potential scandal by purchasing the Biogenesis of America documents. From Ken Davidoff of the New York Post:
MLB felt motivated to buy documents from other clinic employees after learning that A-Rod had arranged to purchase dox— Michael S. Schmidt (@MichaelSSchmidt) April 12, 2013
Schmidt expanded on his initial report with an article in The New York Times, asserting that the league had enough information and evidence to link Rodriguez with an unknown player who tried to purchase documents before MLB could get there.
Alex Rodriguez spokesman Terry Fahn flatly denies the allegations that A-Rod purchased or arranged to purchase Biogensis documents.— Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) April 12, 2013
Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and Bartolo Colon all found their names on the list released by the paper in late January, causing a firestorm of league investigations and a deeper look into the alleged report by the New Times.
Milwaukee Brewers slugger and 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun has also been linked to the clinic.
MLB already has taken Bosch to task, filing a lawsuit with the former clinic owner in late April (via the Daily News). Players included in the report are likely next—a potential incriminating scandal of the highest importance to league officials.
Rodriguez has previously been linked to PED use in his career, claiming to ESPN's Peter Gammons in an on-camera interview in 2009 that his time with the Texas Rangers (from 2001-2003) was littered with steroid abuse among teammates.
Currently on the 60-day disabled list after offseason hip surgery, Rodriguez could miss the entire 2013 Yankees season due to injury.
This is another curious twist in an already image-damning story for the career of Alex Rodriguez. The slugger has 647 career home runs between the Seattle Mariners, Rangers and Yankees, but his name continues to be stained with such revelations and stories.
Stay tuned—it looks like the A-Rod scandal has hit another bump in the road.