The admission, if true, represents an about-turn for Rodriguez
who has repeatedly denied the use of banned substances from the
Miami-area Biogenesis clinic, even as he concluded last week a
one-year suspension by Major League Baseball for violating the
sport's doping program.
But speaking to federal authorities in January, Rodriguez, known in
the baseball world as A-Rod, admitted to buying and using
hormone-filled syringes and creams from the clinic, the Herald
reported, citing a 15-page summary of the meeting.
His New York-based attorney, Joseph Tacopina, would not comment on
the report, saying, "Grand jury secrecy law, which appears to have
been violated, prevents me from answering one way or the other."
The slugger, a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, told
authorities he first met the clinic owner when trying to lose weight
in the summer of 2010 and struggling with a knee injury, the
Under his direction, Rodriguez injected human growth hormones into
his stomach to help with "sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and
muscle recovery," the Herald reported.
Rodriguez confessed to using various testosterone-laced products,
the paper said, including lozenges known as "gummies."
Rodriguez, 39, was recently reinstated by the Yankees and may move
from third base to first base in the coming season.
His return could be overshadowed by court disclosures from one of
sport's biggest doping scandals, which has tarnished some of
baseball's top players and continues to haunt a sport that vowed to
clean up after widespread steroid use in past decades.
The Herald gained access to the documents as prosecutors pursue
criminal charges against the clinic's owner and six others tied to
the scandal, including Rodriguez's cousin Yuri Sucart.
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Prosecutors said Rodriguez, one of baseball's best-paid players,
gave Sucart a total of $900,000 in late 2013 after Sucart's lawyers
threatened the baseball star, saying Sucart would reveal he was
Rodriguez's "steroid mule," according to court records filed last
Sucart introduced Rodriguez to the owner of the defunct clinic,
Anthony Bosch, who gave him tips on how to evade doping tests, the
The latest report matched comments by Bosch in an interview on CBS'
"60 Minutes" in January in which he described providing
performance-enhancing products, including gummies to Rodriguez.
Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez's agent, could not immediately be reached
for comment. Major League Baseball had no comment on the article.
A spokeswoman for the Miami field office of the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration denied knowledge of the report. Federal
prosecutors also declined to comment.
Bosch, who ran the clinic where prosecutors allege professional
athletes paid as much as $12,000 a month for performance-enhancing
drugs, pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to distribute
(Additional reporting by David Adams; Writing by Letitia Stein;
Editing by Mary Milliken and Peter Cooney)
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