Alex Rodriguez ratted out fellow MLB stars to the feds in Biogenesis doping scandal, DEA documents show
In 2014, Rodriguez met with two assistant US Department of Justice attorneys and seven Drug Enforcement Administration agents and handed over the names of three fellow players, according to DEA documents reported by ESPN.
The documents show Rodriguez told the feds that Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch had named Manny Ramirez, Ryan Braun and one other All-Star player as fellow performance-enhancing drug clients.
Then with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez served a 50-game suspension in 2009 for PED policy violations, and was hit with a second suspension in 2011 while with the Tampa Bay Rays, but opted to retire.
He was hit with a 100-game suspension in 2011 while with the Rays but he never served that ban, instead opting to retire.
Former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez informed on fellow MLB players in the Biogenesis doping scandal, according to newly released documents
Braun, who spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers, was suspended in 2013 for PED violations.
The third All-Star player Rodriguez informed on never tested positive for banned drugs, and was not named in the ESPN report.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Rodriguez for comment through his company, A-Rod Corp.
According to ESPN, Rodriguez met with the federal agents and prosecutors on January 29, 2014 in Weston, Florida.
He was joined for the meeting by hard-charging attorney Joe Tacopina, who more recently has represented Donald Trump in civil and criminal matters in New York.
Rodriguez was granted immunity under a deal known colloquially as ‘Queen for a Day’ — meaning he could not be prosecuted over information revealed in the session, but had to tell the truth or face charges for lying to federal agents.
The meeting came after Rodriguez’s MLB arbitration hearing, meaning that his statements to the feds, which were likely shared with the league, wouldn’t factor into MLB sanctions.
MLB’s independent arbitrator had already suspended him for the entirety of the 2014 season, finding that he was a drug cheater and had tried to obstruct the league’s investigation into the Biogenesis scandal.
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