UPDATE: June 6, 1:45 p.m.
Alex Rodriguez released a statement Thursday afternoon, making his first comments since the news of Anthony Bosch's testimony to MLB broke.
“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,” Rodriguez said in the statement. “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 [rehabbing in Tampa] doing my job and working hard and will continue to do so until I'm back playing.”
Rodriguez's reference to the Basic Agreement pertains to the Joint Drug Agreement between the MLB players' association and the league, which bars either side from discussing ongoing steroid investigations or suspensions.
Alex Rodriguez finally made a good moral decision, but it might cost him 100 games on the bench.
The New York Daily News reported Thursday that Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch asked Rodriguez for a payment, reportedly in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and was denied. It was then that Bosch took the information he gathered at his clinic to MLB and agreed to sworn testimony.
Bosch provided dozens of athletes, including Rodriguez, with illegal performance-enhancing drugs, according to a January report by the Miami New Times.
The news of Bosch's attempt to draw money from Rodriguez will damage his credibility, but the Daily News reports MLB had little choice if they wanted to gain his cooperation. The league has been investigating the Miami-area clinic since the January report with no cooperation from Bosch.
Other athletes reportedly tied up with Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic include 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun and former Yankees Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon. All of the athletes who have provided comment, including Rodriguez and Braun, have denied receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch.
Rodriguez, who is rehabbing from hip surgery, has not commented since Bosch agreed to talk to MLB. Braun reiterated his stance from January.
“I’ve already addressed everything related to the Miami situation,” Braun said. “The truth has not changed.”
Bosch is likely to provide documents showing he sold illegal substances to over 20 MLB players. It is not known what other physical evidence he can, or will, provide. The Daily News reports Bosch will meet with MLB on Friday.
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