Thursday June 4th, 2015

Alex Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, has been sentenced to seven months in prison for his role in the 2013 Biogenesis steroid scandal, the Associated Press reports.

Sucart pleaded guilty in federal court amid charges that he provided steroids to Rodriguez and others as part of Tony Bosch's Biogenesis ring.

Sucart was also involved in Rodriguez's first steroid scandal, in 2009, when the third baseman confessed to using steroids supplied to him by his cousin. Following that admission, Sucart was banned by Major League Baseball from any of its facilities.

Rodriguez reportedly cut off all interaction with Sucart in 2012.

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Rodriguez was one of 14 players suspended following the Biogenesis revelations. He was banned for all of the 2014 season.

According to the AP, Sucart is the eighth person to plead guilty for providing steroids to athletes through the Biogenesis clinic.

In addition to seven months in prison, the AP reports Sucart was sentenced to six months of house arrest following his release and assessed a $5,000 fine. He reportedly could be deported to his native Dominican Republic at a later date.

From the AP:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharad Motiani said in addition to working for Rodriguez, Sucart recruited other players into the Biogenesis steroid orbit and got paid handsomely on the side. Sucart also provided steroids to teenage ballplayers, the prosecutor said.

''Mr. Sucart is one of the most important individuals in this case,'' Motiani said. ''It wasn't only Alex Rodriguez. He provided it to other professional athletes, there's no dispute about that.''

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