According to the Associated Press, one of Rodriguez’s lawyers wants Major League Baseball to release a testimony about whether Commissioner Bud Selig knew that Anthony Boesch distributed banned substances to teenagers.
Rob Manfred, who is baseball’s chief operating officer, had testified last week during Rodriguez’s hearing. Rodriguez is attempting to get his 211-game suspension overturned after being one of the 13 players to get hit with suspensions for their involvement in the Biogensis scandal, his being the lengthiest of the group.
During his testimony, Manfred explained on whether player’s violated the drug agreement or labor contract. He added that Major League Baseball’s goal is to prevent steroid use by youth.
Both Rodriguez’s lawyer Joe Tacopina and Manfred made comments to the Associated Press.
Tacopina: ”While Mr. Manfred has violated the confidentiality requirements of the collective bargaining agreement by making reference to his testimony, we choose to live up to our obligations. However, Mr. Manfred knows that he has not accurately described his testimony. We therefore call on him to put forward his full testimony at the hearing about his and commissioner Selig’s knowledge of, and relative regard for, Mr. Bosch’s dealing performance enhancing drugs to minors at the time MLB struck its cooperation and indemnity deal with Mr. Bosch.”
Manfred: ”There have been numerous and ongoing leaks from Mr. Tacopina and other members of the Rodriguez camp. We have made limited responses to correct the inaccuracies that have been put out by those associated with Mr. Rodriguez. It is ironic that Mr. Tacopina would have the temerity to complain about breaches of the confidentiality agreement.”