MIAMI (CBSMiami) – CBS’ “60 Minutes” may have put the final nail in the coffin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez’s troubled career.
According to a new 60 Minutes report, members of A-Rod’s inner circle obtained and leaked documents relating to the Biogenesis scandal that implicated Milwaukee Brewers MVP Ryan Braun and his own teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli.
According to “60 Minutes,” the leak came just days after the Miami New Times broke the story of A-Rod and other athletes being involved in obtaining performance enhancing drugs from Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic based in Coral Gables.
The “60 Minutes” report said that in the documents obtained by the New Times, the names of Braun and Cervelli were redacted. However, Yahoo! Sports obtained the unredacted versions, allegedly from A-Rod’s camp.
A-Rod’s lawyer David Cornwell said the new allegations were untrue and “another attempt to harm Alex.”
“While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues,” Cornwell told “60 Minutes.”
If it was the first time Rodriguez had been accused of lying, the denials would probably carry more weight than they do now. A-Rod initially denied ever using PEDs until the documentation was too much and he confessed to using them in the early 2000’s.
A-Rod has denied having anything to do with the Biogenesis PED scandal, but Major League Baseball believes he not only used PEDs, but also tried to stymie MLB’s investigation into the clinic to protect his reputation.
The latest report from “60 Minutes” carries an added problem for A-Rod’s team because if A-Rod’s camp did leak the information before it went through the Commissioner’s office and the MLB Players Association, then he violated the collective bargaining agreement.
That would complicate A-Rod’s pending appeal of his 211 game suspension that was handed down by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.
All of the other players that were directly implicated by the Biogenesis scandal and paperwork have admitted their violations and will not fight their suspensions. But A-Rod, in a quest to save a name that has already been permanently damaged in baseball history, refuses to accept his suspension.