NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Alex Rodriguez isn’t playing baseball at the moment, but he’s taken over the headlines … again.
The New York Times reported late on Thursday night that Major League Baseball paid an ex-Biogenesis employee for documents. It also reported that one player linked to the clinic purchased documents from an employee so he could destroy them.
The Biogenesis clinic, located in Miami, has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. In January, the Miami New Times reported that Rodriguez was among the big leaguers listed in Biogenesis’ records.
The story took a strange turn on Friday afternoon. Both The New York Times and the New York Daily News reported that, per sources, A-Rod was the player who bought documents from an ex-employee. His intention was to reportedly either destroy them or leak them in an effort to draw attention to other players.
A spokesman for the 14-time All-Star denied the allegations on Friday.
Rodriguez has denied the initial allegations that he was in any way linked to the Biogenesis clinic, and he declined to comment on the matter prior to the Yankees’ season opener on April 1.
“No, I’m not (worried),” he said. “But I’m not going to further discuss this. At some point, I feel that everything will be good.
Rodriguez is expected to miss at least the first half of 2013 — if not more. He recently posted images on Facebook of his workouts as he tries to return this season from a torn labrum in his left hip.
“I love when all these people say, ‘You can’t do this. You can’t do that. You’re done. You’re old,'” he said. “It’s a great challenge to prove all you guys wrong.”
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