Posted July 31, 2013

Reports: Players involved in Biogenesis scandal ready to accept suspensions

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Alex Rodriguez will reportedly not accept any suspension handed down by MLB.  (Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez will reportedly challenge any suspension MLB imposes on him. (Getty Images)

Many Major League Baseball players facing suspensions from the Biogenesis investigation plan to accept bans of 50 games or more, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan. But New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is not one of them and plans to the fight any suspension, even with the threat of a lifetime ban looming, reports say.

The New York Post‘s Joel Sherman reports on Twitter that the suspensions for most players are expected to be handed down by Friday.

Reports have said as many as two dozen players could be suspended in total in connection with the Biogenesis scandal.

From Yahoo! Sports:

Faced with a litany of evidence including text messages to Biogenesis clinic founder Tony Bosch promising to send money in exchange for performance-enhancing drugs, upward of a dozen players are expected to agree to suspensions offered by the league within the next 72 hours, sources said.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, is obstinate in his plans to appeal any suspension despite what one source deemed “overwhelming” evidence tying him to extensive performance-enhancing drug use as well as interfering with the league’s investigation into Biogenesis, the south Florida wellness clinic at the center of the latest PED controversy.

Sherman reports that the nine players told of their impending suspensions include Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli.

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Last week, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of the season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

Rodriguez is the wildcard in the Biogenesis negotiations. Reports say he will likely be suspended both for his repeated steroid use and for attempting to tamper with the investigation. He has denied all allegations. The Yankees slugger reportedly face a suspension of at least 150 games.


19 comments
crescentparkfe
crescentparkfe

Does roids affect your brain because there appears to be a lot brain cells destroyed in Alex Rodriguez's brain trying to fight this suspension if MLB does hand it to him. How f--kin stupid do you have to be trying to fight a puny 50 game suspension when you still have 3 years left on your contract with the Yankees even after your suspension is served? I know Alex Rodriguez is an idiot and liar but I didn't think he is this stupid.

SteveBienefeld
SteveBienefeld

Either Rodriquez is getting some bad advice, or is delusional about his chances of winning a fight over a life-time ban or both.  If MLB has the mountain of evidence reported, his best option is to make a deal.  Even if he never plays again after sitting out through next season, he still gets to collect the last two years salary via insurance if it's deemed he's physically unable to play.  If he ends up fighting a life-time ban, he likely never plays again AND loses the rest of his money.

EMGEE
EMGEE

Aroid , Marion( I ve been a drug cheat since high school ) Jones, Barry Bonds,  and Lance Armstrong should go on a ROLE MODEL tour to "inspire children" to Lie, Cheat, Cop illegal substances, Throw others under the bus..Criminalize  accusers and Self delude themselves into believing that whatever is going to work for the almighty ME must be done.... no matter how many suffer. Then these drug cheats  can teach the children to act like victims...Cant wait

maybe SI could do a photo shoot of the tour ....

Hub25
Hub25

@EMGEE And since between those people you mentioned they have earned more than a billion dollars, there would be parents queued up for miles for those tickets. 

Korzagg
Korzagg

Arod has to be the dumbest man alive, I understand a year and 1/2 is a huge suspension, but he still has 3 years and $61 million he is going to lose out on when the commish bans him from baseball

rjr1110
rjr1110

@Korzagg dumb AND delusional. he just gave S.I. an interview where he says he wants to be a role model.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Idle thought: how dumb do you have to be to leave a plainly visible trail of paper, texts, etc. that explicitly tye you to a PED clinic?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis like.author.displayName 1 Like

I guess MLB will really do this, but it seems they've been acting 'in a day or two' for about the past month. It's becoming laughable.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Rickapolis And don't you always wonder about the ethics of "unnamed sources", and what they're getting out of it?

"... this according to sources who remain unnamed because they weren't authorized to speak."

Then why the hell were they speaking? After demonstrating that they're untrustworthy, we're supposed to trust them?

iclasticons
iclasticons

Typically the are messengers for the head-shed that isn't quite ready to pull the trigger but wants to feed the media jackals enough to keep them at bay. Leaks are also a great way to test public opinion on a variety of possible decisions without committing to any one of them. Selig seems to be profficient in this art.

ShawnKey
ShawnKey

Please don't let Gio Gonzalez be on this list...