Report: Alex Rodriguez tested positive for banned stimulant in 2006
Alex Rodriguez has "never" tested positive for a banned substance, said Lanny Davis, a representative for A-Rod's legal team, on Monday, refuting a published report that said the Yankees' third baseman had tested positive for a stimulant in 2006.
Davis also called for law enforcement to investigate what he called Major League Baseball's "possibly illegal misconduct" in its probe of Biogenesis, the former anti-aging clinic in Florida that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to Rodriguez and other players. A-Rod is appealing a 211-game suspension MLB handed down Aug. 5.
The New York Times, citing two unnamed people involved with baseball's drug-testing program, reported the positive test of an unspecified stimulant. Under the joint drug agreement, two positives are required before disciplinary action would be imposed, a source said.
"There's never been a positive test for any banned substance on Alex Rodriguez, never," Davis said from his Washington office. "They still don't have a positive test. They came out of the woodwork with an anonymous whisper in a reporter's ear. An anonymous charge that we denied."
MLB issued a statement saying it was not the source of the report. Before the joint drug agreement was in effect, Rodriguez reportedly tested positive for an illegal substance in 2003 while with the Rangers. He admitted in 2009 he used PEDs from 2001-03. Davis said Rodriguez tested negative on 11 drug tests over an unspecified period.
Davis called MLB's conduct in the probe "shameful," referring specifically to its reported payment of $125,000 for documents relating to Biogenesis and its founder, Anthony Bosch, that occurred in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"Major League Baseball took $125,000 in a cash satchel, purchased what it had to know were stolen documents, they had a police report that said they were stolen," Davis said. "That's called a felony. I'm calling for a federal investigation of Bud Selig."
A spokesman for the FBI refused comment on whether the matter is being investigated.
Det. DeAnna Greenlaw of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said, "I am not aware of anyone reporting this to our agency," but was waiting to hear from the captain who oversees departmental investigations.
New York criminal defense attorney Todd Spodek said buying stolen property is "100 percent a crime and if [Rodriguez's] investigators can furnish proof that these individuals actually did commit a crime and they could tie them to buying the stolen property and having some knowledge that it was stolen, they could be prosecuted for it."
MLB answered Davis' claims in a statement: " . . . The arbitration panel will determine the relevance, if any, and validity of Mr. Davis' baseless claims if and when Mr. Rodriguez's lawyers attempt to present actual evidence as opposed to unfounded speculation . . .
"We do note Mr. Davis has nothing to say about the central issue: that Alex Rodriguez violated the joint drug agreement by his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances over multiple years and violated the Basic Agreement for attempting to cover up his violations . . . ''