NEW YORK — Members of Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle obtained and leaked documents that implicated Ryan Braun and other players in using performance-enhancing drugs, “60 Minutes” reported Friday.
Citing unidentified sources, the CBS news show said the leak occurred in February, days after the Miami New Times published documents implicating the Yankees star in the Biogenesis investigation.
In the Miami New Times documents, the names of Braun, the Milwaukee slugger, and one of Rodriguez’s teammates, catcher Francisco Cervelli, are redacted. “60 Minutes” reports that members of Rodriguez’s camp obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports.
Rodriguez’s lawyer, David Cornwell, denied the allegations to”60 Minutes.”
“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,” he said in a statement to the show. “While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues.”
Speaking before Friday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox, Rodriguez claimed the story had been reported four months ago and was not a surprise.
“I spoke to Cervelli this morning. He understands,” Rodriguez said in the visitor’s dugout at Fenway Park. “We had that conversation. He understands completely that it’s not true.”
Rodriguez has been suspended for 211 games through the 2014 season. He is allowed to play until a decision is issued by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, which is not expected until at least November.
“Let’s make one thing clear: the next seven weeks there’s going to be a very, very bumpy road every day and expect a story like this if not longer,” Rodriguez said. “We’re going to have to deal with it. When we have the right timing, and the time is appropriate, which is not now, I will tell my story.”
Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last month.