NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Anthony Bosch, the controversial Biogenesis founder and former proprietor of the Florida anti-aging clinic spoke to “60 Minutes” in an interview that was broadcasted on Sunday night.
On Saturday, Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension from MLB was reduced by an arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. A-Rod is banned for 162 games and plus any playoff games in 2014.
According to CBS News, Bosch claims that he personally delivered banned substances, including testosterone, insulin-like growth factor 1 and human growth hormone to Rodriguez on multiple occasions and Rodriguez paid him $12,000 a month in cash.
During the interview Bosch claimed to have drawn blood for a drug test in the men’s room at a night club.
Bosch also claimed that A-Rod tried to buy his silence with a $50,000 payment and also claimed that there were signs of intimidation.
He also claimed in the 60 Minutes report that A-Rod’s associates intimidated him in an attempt to prevent Bosch from cooperation with MLB’s investigation.
The most incriminating piece of evidence against Rodriguez was a transcription of more than 500 text messages between Bosch and A-Rod with apparent code words and information regarding dosing that would help him avoid detection.
An impassioned Bud Selig defended his original suspension of A-Rod.
“In my judgment his actions were beyond comprehension. I think 211 games was a very fair penalty,” Commissioner Selig said.
The Major League Baseball Players Association released the following statement regarding MLB’s decision to appear on “60 Minutes” and to authorize Tony Bosch’s appearance on “60 Minutes.”
“It is unfortunate that Major League Baseball apparently lacks faith in the integrity and finality of the arbitrator’s decision and our Joint Drug Agreement, such that it could not resist the temptation to publicly pile-on against Alex Rodriguez. It is equally troubling that the MLB-appointed Panel Arbitrator will himself be appearing in the “60 Minutes” segment, and that Tony Bosch, MLB’s principal witness, is appearing on the program with MLB’s blessing.
MLB’s post-decision rush to the media is inconsistent with our collectively-bargained arbitration process, in general, as well as the confidentiality and credibility of the Joint Drug Agreement, in particular. After learning oftonight’s “60 Minutes” segment, Players have expressed anger over, among other things, MLB’s inability to let the result of yesterday’s decision speak for itself. As a result, the Players Association is considering all legal options available to remedy any breaches committed by MLB.
Throughout this process the Players Association has repeatedly shown it is committed to an effective drug program that is strong and fair. And as we indicated in our statement yesterday, although we do not agree with the arbitrator’s decision, we respect the process and will act accordingly. We believe the other involved parties should do the same.”
Major League Baseball issued the following statement on Sunday night.
“We have notified the Major League Baseball Players Association on numerous occasions that we intended to respond to all of the attacks on the integrity of our Joint Drug Program. Those attacks continued yet again yesterday with Mr. Rodriguez’s statement. Out of respect to the grievance process and at the request of the MLBPA, we waited until a decision was rendered to make our response.
“It is ironic that the MLBPA is complaining about MLB’s participation in this program given that Mr. Rodriguez’s lawyer is also participating in the show.
“As to Mr. Bosch’s appearance, he is not controlled by us and is entitled to speak however he chooses about his interactions with Mr. Rodriguez.”
Rodriguez has denied using PEDs since a period with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. He plans on continuing to fight the decision in federal court. The odds of him overturning the ruling are unlikely.
“I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship,” A-Rod said. “I want to sincerely thank my family, all of my friends, and of course the fans and many of my fellow MLB players for the incredible support I received throughout this entire ordeal.”
The 38-year-old third baseman has four years remaining on his contract.
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