There’s a saying that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. If you believe that adage plus a report from The New York Times, then you would be led to conclude that Alex Rodriguez is guilty when it comes to his alleged involvement with the Biogenesis clinic in Florida.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that MLB has paid some former Biogenesis employees for documents related to the case. They also reported that players implicated in the scandal were also attempting to purchase the records in order to destroy the potentially incriminating evidence. Now we’re learning that one of the players reportedly was Alex Rodriguez.
The New York Times reported on Friday that MLB investigators believe it was a representative for Alex Rodriguez who tried purchasing the documents. The Times says two people say A-Rod was the player who purchased the documents.
Rodriguez has denied the allegation.
The New York Daily News provided a more extensive account of the situation. According to The Daily News, an intermediary who invested with Biogenesis began shopping the documents to players named in the records and media outlets in an effort to recoup lost money. They say A-Rod bought it and sent one of his people to retrieve the documents.
Rodriguez was among several players implicated in the scandal that broke late January. He, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal were among the athletes whose names appeared in the now-defunct anti-aging clinic’s records. Ryan Braun was also later tied to the company, though he had an excuse for his name appearing in the records of clinic leader Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez faced the strongest allegations of all; reports said he personally received injections from Bosch.
Rodriguez is currently rehabbing a hip injury and under contract with the Yankees through 2017. He has admitted to using steroids in the past after being implicated by a 2009 Sports Illustrated report.