“60 Minutes” has learned that members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez‘s inner circle in February obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun as well as his own Yankees teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli, in the doping scandal that has enveloped Major League Baseball.
The leak came just days after the weekly newspaper Miami New Times published documents in January detailing Rodriguez’s pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs.
The handwritten documents of Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball’s PED investigation, revealed comprehensive doping regimens that Bosch had engineered for a host of professional athletes. His cooperation with MLB has resulted in the suspension of Rodriguez and 13 other major league players.
Braun and Cervelli’s names were redacted in the Miami New Times documents. Members of Rodriguez’s camp at the time obtained unredacted versions andleaked them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The unredacted documents also implicated Baltimore Oriole Danny Valencia, who MLB later investigated and cleared.
In a statement to “60 Minutes,” Rodriguez lawyer David Cornwell said, “The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex — this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game. While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues.”
- Alex Rodriguez’s Camp Reportedly Implicated Players During Doping Investigation (bleacherreport.com)
- Report: Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle implicated Ryan Braun, Francisco Cervelli (tracking.si.com)
- A-Rod fingered fellow players in doping investigation (cbsnews.com)
- Report: A-Rod camp leaked evidence on Braun (tracking.si.com)
- Report: Alex Rodriguez’s ‘Inner Circle’ Leaked Documents Implicating Ryan Braun in Biogenesis Scandal (nesn.com)
- A-Rod on document leak report: “It’s not true” (cbsnews.com)
- Alex Rodriguez Allegedly Ratted on Other Baseball Players (theatlanticwire.com)
- A-Rod Docs Implicate Braun, Cervelli in Doping Scandal (hispanicbusiness.com)