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Report: Alex Rodriguez paid for Tony Bosch’s lawyer

Aug 19, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

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A spokesperson for Tony Bosch’s attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, told ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Sunday that Alex Rodriguez paid her a $25,000 retainer in February in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal and later transferred an additional $50,000 that was immediately returned to Rodriguez.

Outside the Lines reviewed the documents for the second transfer. Ribero-Ayala said through her spokesperson that the money was “unsolicited and unwarranted” and was returned. A lawyer for Rodriguez’s former law firm, said that the $50,000 had been sent in an error and asked for it to be returned.

Of course, all of this suggests that Rodriguez was trying to enlist Bosch’s aid in the Biogenesis investigation before MLB earned Bosch’s cooperation. And it’s that involvement in trying to muck up the investigation that MLB has and will use to justify its 211-game suspension of Rodriguez.

Which all seems pretty specious. Of course Rodriguez deserves a steroids suspension, just like everyone else nailed by MLB. But the idea that him attempting to cover up his cheating being worse than the cheating itself is ludicrous, and it’s going to be a tough argument for MLB to make given that Melky Cabrera drew no extra punishment for his attempted coverup in 2012.

  1. jimw81 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM


    • dickclydesdale - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      I make $67,000 annual salary. $75,000 That’s alot of disposable cash. Who gives A-Rod that kind of money?

      • bfunk1978 - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        The..umm…how do I say this? The Yankees do. They pay him to play baseball. Are you new here?

      • nydemocrats - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Actually, I’m ashamed to say that WE the fans do. Every shirt, every ticket, every time we tune in to MLB channels, every trip to a sports bar, etc.. This country is replete with nickel/dimers like us who will fight tooth and nail for millionaires who wouldn’t whiz on us if we were on fire.

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        Gee when I say that the fans pay the salaries for these over paid, over egoed, selfish, ridiculous, cheating players, I get 90% thumbs down.
        Ban the bastards for the rest of their lives and call back their ridiculous salaries.
        If the story is good, that is tampering with evidence and attempting to bribe a witness.
        Good for a few years in the slammer.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      This would make a great reality show. All the players can play themselves and get millions more.

  2. insidefastball - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Melky hadn’t already admitted to past steroid use…..or consistently violated MLBPA rules and team rules.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    He is such a douche bag. I loathe him and those fat purple lips.

    • badintent - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      So what you’re saying is that you prefer Dustin’s beard thrusting down on your big head, eh ??

  4. steveo91 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    He is never suspected of taking steroids … HGH helps you heal from injuries it does not build muscle get your facts straight

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Ya except from that whole positive test for steroids and admission of doing steroids.

    • paperlions - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      HGH does not help a person with normal HGH levels heal from injuries faster either, which is why HGH is NOT indicated for healing in adults with normal HGH levels. Facts can be crooked things, can’t they.

  5. Kevin S. - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Yeah, only MLB is allowed to pay Bosch’s legal bills in order to secure his cooperation!

  6. bosoxfan15 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    @steveo, HGH has multiple uses. Anti aging, healing, and faster recovery after working out are common off-label uses. Labeled use is for kids with growth problems, and adults with certain diseases.

    • paperlions - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      None of those off-label uses are actual effects of taking HGH for healthy adults (i.e. adults with normal HGH levels), which is why they are off-label…because they are all bullshit. Steroids themselves aid in workout recovery, HGH does not, nor does it retard or reverse aging, nor does it speed healing….if it did those things, you can bet your booty that HGH would be prescribed to do them, but it doesn’t, so it isn’t.

      • spigster - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        Off-label does not mean anything about whether a drug does those other things or not. All it means is that the drug company has not gone through the the process with the FDA to get approval to have a drug prescribed in a certain way for certain conditions. That requires going through trials and reviews.

      • paperlions - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        Except, of course….that dozens and dozens of studies have evaluated whether or not HGH can do those things…and shown that it can not. HGH has been around and been studied for quite a while….and it’s effects have been studied extensively.

        HGH is just the latest snake oil peddled by con artists. There is a reason that all anti-aging clinics are not run by real doctors…because they cater to the vain and gullible with expendable income.

  7. raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Once again, there has to be the “if this is all they got” caveat added to the story.

    Regardless, the story is another attempt to try the case in public instead of simply waiting and letting the arbitrator do his job. He’s already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion anyway, and his reputation is forever ruined; so I see no point in trying to find additional ways to stir up the masses in anger over him further.

    • paperlions - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Exactly, and this is why ARod (via his lawyers) are starting to fight back in public…because MLB and the Yankees can’t keep their own people from leaking information and spreading rumors to the media. People WANT to think the worst of ARod (I mean, the guy cheated as baseball, is there any possible greater crime? I think not!), so they are eating that shit up with a big serving spoon. ARod is just trying to level the PR playing field. Anyone familiar with the history of MLB owners know that as a group they are far worse than the worst steroid cheater, most make Canseco look like a choir boy.

  8. pappageorgio - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Gotta disagree with Matthew on is. What ARod did is fundamentally different (and worse) from what Melky did.

    Melky tried to set himself up a fake alibi. ARod attempted to pay off a potential witness. IIRC he also tried to purchase biogenesis records with the purpose of destroying them.

    If these court cases……Melky would be mildly censured for inventing a fake alibi. ARod would have committed two additional massive felonies. In this case, despite people’s general distinguish for ARod, what he has done to cover it up is worse.

    Paying/bribing witnesses and attempting to buy evidence with the purpose of destroying it? MLB just got the US gov’t off their ass, if Selig would have let ARod (or any big money player for that matter) just buy his way out…..congress would be right back up there. This is an extreme example….but what’s the difference between that and a player offering to pay a urging sample collector a bribe to screw with the sample and/or just go away later.

    This IS a big deal and IMO ARod got off light. Interfering with an investigation is conduct detrimental to the game of baseball…..obviously not as severe, but in the same neighborhood as what Pete Rose did.

    • pappageorgio - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      I hate auto fill……

      Distinguish = disdain

      Urging = urine

    • jwbiii - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:22 AM

      ARod attempted to pay off a potential witness.

      Isn’t that exactly what MLB is doing? Bosch has now been paid by both parties in this dispute. Doesn’t that impeach him as a credible witness?

      • paperlions - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        Yes, this is exactly what MLB is doing, in fact, MLB is going to pay Boesh more and more directly than just providing a lawyer.

      • bgrillz - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        No, because MLB wants cooperation on what happened. A-Roid wants him to not cooperate, and cover the truth. Night and day.

      • paperlions - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Testimony that is paid for is NEVER reliable. Ever.

        It isn’t night and day at all. MLB doesn’t want him to tell the truth, they want him to hang a bunch of players regardless of the truth. In this case, the two may be the same (i.e. the truth may hang a bunch of players), but the fact that Boesh required such large financial promises from MLB makes it likely that he’ll say or do just about anything they want him to regardless of the truth….it isn’t like he has any history of honestly, in fact, he has a long history of dishonesty.

        I LOVE that people act like this is somehow different that what every guilty person charged with a crime does in their own defense.

      • sabatimus - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        This all seriously reads like a mob docket.

      • bh192012 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        I thought the bulk of the evidence was txting records. Records they got from an indiffernt 3rd party with the permission of the paid witness. I conceed that Bosch’s personal accounts of what happend may not be worth as much becuse he was paid, but I’d argue that the text message history they got from a 3rd party with Bosch’s permission is rock solid. This is the evidence A-Rod wanted to block, along with the other physical records (recipts and billing.)

        Also trying to buy evidence is not what average people charged with crimes do. Partially because, it’s an additional crime.

  9. badintent - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    So after making around $10 million selling his Miami crib, he pays his real estate agent her fee, pays for some abortions, property taxes, and bribes a lawyer. All in a day in Arodless World, As The World Turns.Now on HBO. Contact your cable provider for details.

  10. tominma - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Im shocked!! SHOCKED I TELLYA!!

  11. bgrillz - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    If this were cycling, he’d be banned for life. So all this talk of, “we have the best system in the world” is fluff. He’s a cheater. Get rid of him. Yanks should cut him, and no one else should sign him, ever.

    • nydemocrats - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Bgrillz: Notice the 5 thumbs down you got so far? Ever wonder WHAT some people would consider wrong or unethical? Ever wonder WHERE these folks draw the line for their Idols?

  12. dumbhobby - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    It’s really not that crazy that the cover- up is worse than the ‘crime’. It’s normal, not ludicrous.

  13. stevem7 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Hey Matt, you should read Section 7L of the Joint Drug Agreement to see part of why MLB will never make a 211 game suspension stand. Bud Selig totally disregarded the terms of a collectively bargained policy and the Arbitrator may toss the entire thing for MLB’s failure to follow protocol once again.

    • nydemocrats - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      At the very least, they’ll make his life and his future legacy a living hell. Hurrah!!!

  14. sillec28 - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I don’t care whether he’s a douche bag or a saint, I just wish he’d go away.

  15. myhawks1976 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    hey steve, you should wait to figure out whether baseball violated something until you KNOW what baseball is charging. you people crack me up. Baseball has never released its full findings or charges, but you know what appropriate punishment is? roflmao…..

  16. raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    What a deal– for 1/2 the US median family annual income, you too can work for an noxious, illiterate spammer.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Spam deleted in the time it took me to post my insult–good work guys!

  17. nydemocrats - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Hall Of Fame or no HOF, ARod will never have to worry about being a legend or giving tons of people some fodder for Bar Talk. So many of us more than willing to prostrate ourselves at his feet and rally to his defense. Why???

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