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.