New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has responded to a report alleging that he will be suspended by Major League Baseball for his connection to Anthony Bosch's anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis. The Miami clinic is under investigation for allegedly distributing performance-enhancing drugs to MLB players.
ESPN's Darren Rovell broke news of Rodriguez's statement on Thursday regarding the MLB investigation:
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.
Teri Thompson, Bill Madden, Christian Red and Michael O'Keeffe of the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that Bosch asked Rodriguez for money after MLB filed a lawsuit against him last March.
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When Rodriguez allegedly refused to pay, Bosch promised cooperation with MLB—as long as it dropped the suit against him. Bosch reportedly has "enough dirt to suspend Rodriguez and nearly two dozen other players," and he will meet with MLB officials on Friday.
Rodriguez has yet to play this season for the Bronx Bombers, after offseason hip surgery, and he isn't expected back until after the All-Star break. However, if these allegations are true, it appears he may not get to play at all in 2013.
A potential suspension for Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun may reach 100 games for being second-time doping offenders, according to T.J. Quinn and Pedro Gomez of ESPN, despite A-Rod's offense coming long before PED suspensions and Braun being cleared through an appeal in 2012.
This is yet another harmful blow to Rodriguez's tainted legacy, and it's another instance in which he appears to have used performance-enhancing drugs.
The 37-year-old tested positive for steroids during the 2003 season, in which he won the first of his three American League MVP awards with the Texas Rangers.