Alex Rodriguez had reportedly admitted to using banned substances provided by Anthony Bosch from late 2010 to October 2012, according to a report by The Miami Herald.
The Yankees third baseman had previously denied using banned performance enhancing drugs supplied by a South Florida clinic. The baseball star was recently reinstated after he served a season-long doping suspension. Rodriguez provided his admission after he was granted immunity by federal prosecutors in a wide-ranging investigation of Bosch and Biogenesis of America, his clinic.
A-Rod told investigators that he paid about $12,000 a month to Bosch for his services and substances, including prefilled syringes for hormone injections into his stomach, according to The Herald. A report by the newspaper that was based on a 15-page synopsis of the meeting between Rodriguez and federal agents last January 29 also revealed that Bosch also gave Rodriguez “tips on how to beat M.L.B.’s drug testing.” The Herald reported, citing the Drug Enforcement Administration report, Bosch told Rodriguez not to use the beginning or end of the urine stream. The newspaper revealed Bosch had counseled Rodriguez on beating such tests by telling him to only use midstream urine for M.L.B. drug testing. Don Catlin, the chief science officer for the Banned Substances Control Group, termed the approach “nonsense.”
The Herald reported prosecutors have granted immunity to others in addition to Rodriguez and the list of names included eight other current and former professional players: Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Yasmani Grandal, Cesar David Puello, Jordany Valdespin, and Manny Ramirez.
Rodriguez is scheduled to return to the Yankees next season. He has three years and more than $60 million remaining on his contract but there is still uncertainty about whether the professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball can still play baseball at a productive level.
Rodriguez, one of the most talented ballplayers of his generation, is not new to controversies. In 2009, Alex Rodriguez acknowledged that he had used performance enhancing drugs when he was a part of the Texas Rangers. In that admission, the baseball star Yuri Sucart, his cousin, supplied him with banned substances from the Dominican Republic. According to documents recently unsealed in the federal criminal case against Yuri Sucart, Rodriguez paid about $1 million, plus other benefits, as part of a settlement agreement to Sucart that prohibited him from disclosing delicate information about Rodriguez.
In another development, Carmen Sucart, the wife of Yuri Sucart, has declared war on Alex Rodriguez. She recently remarked they will fire back with every taudry secret they know if Alex comes after her or her husband. Carmen said A-Rod urinated on her floor when the Sucarts refused to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2012. Carmen revealed A-Rod threatened her and said he will destroy her family if she talked.
Sucart, facing federal steroid distribution charges, has undergone open-heart surgery and procedures on his leg to prevent amputation. The cousin of Rodriguez has undergone open-heart surgery and procedures on his leg to prevent amputation since his arrest in August.