Lawyer: A-Rod paid money to obtain evidence

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We have reached the latest turning point in the Alex Rodriguez offseason drama and frankly, this all just feels like one bad reality T.V. show that refuses to get cancelled.

Rodriguez’s lawyer Joe Tacopina spoke with CNN, telling the news station that Rodriguez paid more than $300,000 in order to obtain evidence relating to Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis scandal. Tacopina added that his client did not use PED’s supplied to him by the Biogenesis clinic or from Anthony Boesch, who is the key witness to the case.

ESPNNewYork.com went a bit further, asking an anonymous source about how Rodriguez used the $300,000 to obtain evidence from Major League Baseball. Here’s a snippet from the article:

According to the source, who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on condition of anonymity due to the confidentiality agreement regarding the proceedings stipulated in baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, A-Rod spent $200,000 to buy a surreptitiously recorded videotape of the transaction in which an MLB investigator paid Gary Jones for the records in which Rodriguez’s name allegedly appears.

The cash payment to Jones — made in stacks of $100 bills — was confirmed by baseball COO Rob Manfred in his closed-door testimony before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz last week at MLB’s Park Ave. offices, according to a report in the New York Post last week.

According to the source, Rodriguez also spent $105,000 to obtain text messages between Dan Mullin, an MLB investigator, and a female Biogenesis employee with whom the A-Rod side alleged in the lawsuit he was having an affair.

It was the first public acknowledgement that Rodriguez had, indeed, bought evidence in the case, although not, according to the source, for the purpose alleged by baseball.

Both purchases, said the source, were to be used as evidence in Rodriguez’s lawsuit for tortious interference against baseball and its commissioner, Bud Selig, and not to obstruct the investigation against him or to affect the outcome of his grievance hearing.

“It has nothing to do with the hearing,” said the source, “and everything to do with the lawsuit.”

Rodriguez’s hearing will resume on November 18, afterward arbitrator Frederic Horowitz has 25 days to make a decision in the Rodriguez hearing.

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3 Responses to Lawyer: A-Rod paid money to obtain evidence

  1. gcorcoran says:

    Wow, this story makes things really interesting to me. It's seeming more and more like A-Rod has every right to sue the MLB. They just keep mishandling situations, much like they did with the Ryan Braun situation.

    I don't mean to sound like a conspiracy theorist but this whole A-Rod thing might be a lot bigger than we all can even fathom right now. The Bud Selig retirement is probably nothing, but what if it was related to all of this? That would be something else.

    All I'm saying is that it's starting to look like A-Rod has a legitimate gripe here. The only thing I'll say is that it seems A-Rod is admitting he obtained PEDs from Boesch, and now claiming that he didn't use them. If that's the case, he's clearly lying and should be suspended for what everyone else was suspended for, which is a 50 game suspension for a first time offense.

  2. Carter B. says:

    A-Rod's case is very interesting and a lot of his fans are glued to this story. Thanks for sharing this update. I am always in the look-out for more developments of this issue.

  3. The man told CNN he was not paid by baseball or Rodriguez, a three-time Most Valuable Player and one of baseball's all-time great sluggers.