Lawyer says A-Rod's ties to Biogenesis 'absolutely' did not include taking PEDs
Alex Rodriguez's attorney said the Yankees third baseman had "absolutely not" taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs as alleged in Major League Baseball's probe of Biogenesis.
Joe Tacopina told CNN on Monday that MLB has no evidence from its Biogenesis probe proving that he did.
MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred responded to Tacopina's denial of Rodriguez's drug use by calling it "an inaccurate statement."
Rodriguez has not directly addressed the matter of his relationship with Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, who MLB said supplied PEDs to Rodriguez and other players from the former anti-aging clinic in Miami.
Tacopina has said Rodriguez had a "consulting relationship" with Bosch. A published report in 2009 said Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2003. That was before the formation of MLB's joint drug agreement.
A person familiar with the situation said Rodriguez in recent weeks said: "When I did something wrong, I came forward, I admitted it. That should be enough for right now. People should understand that."
Rodriguez was referring to his 2009 admission that he used PEDs from 2001-03 while a member of the Texas Rangers.
Tacopina, the lead attorney in Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game ban, made his comments to CNN before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz issued an order preventing public discussion of issues related to the hearing. Citing that order, a spokesman for Rodriguez said there would be no comment.
Rodriguez's hearing is scheduled to resume Nov. 18.