Posted October 18, 2013

Report: MLB executive testified to paying $125k for Biogenesis documents

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Rob Manfred testified that he allowed a $125,000 payment to be made for Biogenesis documents.

MLB COO Rob Manfred admitted to paying $125,000 for Biogenesis documents regarding A-Rod. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Rob Manfred, the chief operating officer of the MLB, admitted that he approved a $125,000 payment for Biogenesis documents, while Alex Rodriguez’s camp may have also paid for the same papers, according to the New York Post.

Manfred made the admission Thursday, while being questioned as a part of Alex Rodriguez’s appeal hearing for his 211 game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs. The money was paid to former Biogenesis employee Gary Jones, who stole the documents from the companies founder, although Manfred maintains that MLB did not know the information was stolen at the time.

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When reached for comment about the payment by the Post, Manfred had this to say:

“The fact that this player and his attorneys think it’s appropriate to talk about what I testified about is not going to convince me that it’s OK to violate the Basic Agreement.”

Reports are conflicting over whether or not A-Rod paid for the documents and if he acquired them before or after MLB did. Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina denied the allegations:

“The notion that we paid any money for any Biogenesis documents is patently false, and anyone who is leaking this information knows it’s false.”

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Major League Baseball finished presenting its case at the appeal hearing on Friday. The proceedings will continue in November when Rodriguez’s legal team will have a chance to call witnesses.


17 comments
Cool
Cool

Those unemployed employee's from Biogenesis of America are making good money from these athletes and organizations to keep their mouths shut.  Beats unemployment I guess.

lionoah
lionoah

That just goes to show that MLB is no better than A-Rod. They went overboard trying to reach their aims even though they likely would have had enough to do what they needed. Kinda like A-Rod, huh?

Rosie68
Rosie68

Doesn't make them any less truthful.  I paid alot for my house....so what?

bc11pnc
bc11pnc

People defending A-Rod who don't get paid make be laugh. It's like watching the Kardishans or a turtle trying to have relations with a basketball. It's pointless and wasted energy. 

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

This article fails to mention that A-Rod tried to buy the documents before MLB bought them.

jdane
jdane

@Rosie68 Really?   So you bought your house illegally?    Were you aware that buying stolen property gives you no right to that property?   

iammagicland
iammagicland

@NoQNoSuperBowl MLB, by a long shot. They've never done ANYTHING to clean up baseball, they just go on the occasional witch hunt to make it look like they're doing something...

jdane
jdane

@iammagicland @NoQNoSuperBowl It's difficult to imagine what could make me (a RedSox fan for more than a half-century) become an A-Rod fan.   But MLB has managed that.