In a startling revelation, former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez disclosed vital information to federal agents in 2014, shedding light on his knowledge of fellow athletes linked to performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Documents obtained by ESPN reveal that Rodriguez, in a candid meeting with two assistant U.S. Department of Justice attorneys and seven Drug Enforcement Administration agents on January 29, 2014, divulged that he had been informed by Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch about three notable baseball stars involved in PED use: Manny Ramirez, Ryan Braun, and an unnamed All-Star player.
Notably, the third All-Star player mentioned by Rodriguez has never tested positive for PEDs and remains unnamed in the documents. Rodriguez's cooperation with federal agents came shortly after he received a 211-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's (MLB) PED policy, which effectively barred him from the entire 2014 season.
To facilitate his cooperation, Rodriguez was granted "Queen for a Day" status, ensuring that any information he shared would not lead to his legal prosecution.
Rodriguez's PED Suspensions
Rodriguez's history with PEDs dates back to his 100-game suspension in 2011 while playing for the Tampa Bay Rays, although he opted for retirement instead of serving the suspension.
Ryan Braun faced a suspension in 2013, while the third player implicated by Rodriguez had not previously drawn the attention of federal agents and had not received an MLB suspension. During the meeting, Rodriguez admitted to using PEDs acquired from Bosch, retracting his previous public denials.
He confessed to paying approximately $12,000 per month for "doping protocols" that included testosterone creams, red, gummy-like lozenges containing testosterone, and human growth hormone from 2010 to 2012. Payments to Bosch were made in cash, with occasional use of petty cash acquired from the Yankees' traveling team secretary, who had no involvement in the PED scheme.
Additionally, Rodriguez disclosed that his cousin, Yusi Sucart Sr., had supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs for over a decade. He alleged that his cousin had later attempted to blackmail him with a $5 million threat, as detailed in the report.
The documents also reveal Rodriguez's admission to deceiving Yankees president Randy Levine in 2012 by denying any association with Bosch. As of now, Rodriguez has declined to comment on this story, despite being employed by ESPN, one of his current employers.
The 14-time All-Star has been with ESPN since 2018 and currently co-hosts the "KayRod Cast," the alternate feed of ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" game.