On Jan. 11, an arbitrator announced that New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez would be suspended for the entire 2014 season over his role in the Biogenesis scandal. In response, Rodriguez issued a statement:
“I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court.”
But in a meeting with Drug Enforcement Agency officials and prosecutors just more than two weeks later, Rodriguez admitted that he took banned substances obtained through Biogenesis, a Florida anti-aging clinic. He had been granted immunity by the DEA in exchange for a sworn statement used in the criminal case against Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch, his suppliers and his middleman, Yuri Sucart, who also happened to be Rodriguez’s cousin.
The Miami Herald has reviewed the 15-page synopsis of Rodriguez’s meeting with DEA agents and prosecutors, which took place on Jan. 29. In it, Rodriguez basically admitted everything that he was accused of doing.
According to a written “report of investigation,” Rodriguez admitted paying Bosch for supplies of testosterone cream, lozenges laced with testosterone (aka “gummies”) and human growth hormone injections.
“Rodriguez injected the HGH into his stomach,” the DEA report stated. “Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery.”
Rodriguez also described how Bosch gave the ballplayer “tips on how to beat MLB’s drug testing,” according to the DEA report.
The secret? According to Rodriguez, “Bosch advised him to only use mid-stream urine for MLB drug testing. Bosch told Rodriguez not to use the beginning or the end urine stream.”
Bosch and three other defendants pleaded guilty after criminal charges were filed against them in August. Sucart — who introduced Rodriguez to Bosch, “discussed price, arranged pickups for [performance-enhancing substances] and delivered money to Bosch on Rodriguez’s behalf,” the DEA report said, per the Herald — has pleaded not guilty and plans on going to trial in February. Rodriguez’s testimony will be used against him if a trial takes place.
The DEA report also details the lengths to which Rodriguez and Bosch tried to keep their dealings secret:
“Bosch told Rodriguez he would protect Rodriguez’s name,” according to the DEA report. “When Bosch did draw Rodriguez’s blood, Bosch told Rodriguez he would send the blood to the laboratory for analysis under a fictitious name.”
Without telling Rodriguez, Bosch would refer to the ballplayer by a code name: “Cacique.” The term derives from the Spanish speaking Caribbean, and roughly translates to local chieftain.
Rodriguez told DEA agents that from late summer 2010 to October 2012, Bosch drew his blood about 10 times in South Florida, Tampa and New York. Rodriguez also confirmed that Bosch drew Rodriguez’s blood in the bathroom of the LIV nightclub in Miami Beach, just as Bosch would later claim in a 60 Minutes news segment.
Rodriguez’s 162-game suspension ended last week. The Yankees plan on having him in the lineup next season.