Is Alex Rodriguez Refusing to Pay off Tony Bosch a Sign He's Finally Done Lying?

Joe GiglioContributor IJune 6, 2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees walsk off the field back to the dugout after he grounded out in the top of the 9th inning against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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According to a report in the NY Daily News, Alex Rodriguez refused to pay Biogenesis owner/biochemist/quack Anthony Bosch up to six figures when pressed for money due to personal financial issues.

The rebuffed Bosch eventually turned to Major League Baseball, where his cooperation will probably net him financial help and legal asylum over the next few months.

As the Biogenesis saga continues to play out, likely overshadowing the on-field stories of 2013, narratives will manifest around Rodriguez.

On Thursday afternoon, Rodriguez responded to the news, offering a statement on his role and the process moving forward.

"Myself and others are being mentioned in a media report before the process is even concluded I would hope this thing would follow the guidelines of our Basic Agreement. I will monitor the situation and comment when appropriate. As i have said previously, I am working out every day to get back on the field and help the Yankees win a championship. I am down here doing my job and working hard and will continue to do so until I'm back playing."

Objectively speaking, many adjectives come to mind when trying to describe one of the greatest players/complicated athletes in the history of professional sports.

Talented. Confusing. Motivated. Cheater. Misguided. Overpaid. Immature. Hard worker.

Last, but certainly not least: Liar.

Depending on how much you care about the fibs and lies told by athletes, this could be the first and biggest adjective used to describe him.

Casting aside his personal life and off-field issues, Rodriguez had denied any association with performance-enhancing drugs prior to his admission in 2009.

Since that point, he's claimed to be a clean ballplayer, only to find himself embroiled in the Biogenesis mess and association with Bosch.

While the rebuffing of Bosch may seem like the end of the rope for Rodriguez's attempt to continue a possible charade, don't count on his legal team giving up the constructed statements, denials and, depending on how you view guilt or innocence in this case, lies.

During my time watching, covering and immersing myself in the world of sports, one thing has become abundantly clear: Athletes are wired in a very, very different way than the rest of the world.

No, not just their physical prowess or gifts.

There is a mentality to do whatever it takes to succeed, no matter the cost. The tunnel vision exhibited in quotes and candid moments may be the only real thing you'll get out of an interview or postgame quote.

The root of this mental wiring may come from any numbers of places—desire for fame, money, recognition, self-worth, etc.—but doesn't change the fact that it's present in almost every case.

That's why, if Rodriguez is truly lying again, expecting him to stop now, rebuffing Bosch's attempt for quick cash aside, isn't a good bet to make.

Similarly, past stars such as Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds have appeared in court, denying involvement with drug dealers, steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. Despite virtually no one around the game of baseball believing what they said, the rhetoric didn't change.

As the years moved on, very little actually happened to them, making these lies harder and harder to decipher.

When it comes time to fight MLB, or, possibly a grand jury, Rodriguez will deny his involvement again.


Because he's wired to do whatever it takes to retake the field and hit the baseball.

Everything else, including surgery, rehab, drugs, lies and fan outrage, just represents obstacles and roadblocks to success.

Cutting off Bosch may seem like the first step toward Rodriguez coming clean in this case, but it's more likely a calculated decision to take a drug dealer off his payroll, improving his legal case in this instance and avoiding a suspension from the game.


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