Report: Alex Rodriguez's inner circle implicated Ryan Braun, Francisco Cervelli

Friday August 16th, 2013

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended through the 2014 season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) "60 Minutes" reports Alex Rodriguez's inner circle implicated other players. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

"60 Minutes" reports Alex Rodriguez's inner circle obtained and leaked documents implicating Ryan Braun and Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli in the Biogenesis scandal just days after the Miami New Times detailed Rodriguez's use of performance enhancing drugs.

From "60 Minutes":

The handwritten documents of Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball's PED investigation, revealed comprehensive doping regimens that Bosch had engineered for a host of professional athletes. His cooperation with MLB has resulted in the suspension of Rodriguez and 13 other major league players.

Braun and Cervelli's names were redacted in the Miami New Times documents. Members of Rodriguez's camp at the time obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The unredacted documents also implicated Baltimore Oriole Danny Valencia, who MLB later investigated and cleared.

All three of the unredacted documents leaked to Yahoo! Sports list Braun's name. One document shows Braun on a Bosch list along with Rodriguez, Cervelli, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and minor league pitcher Cesar Carrillo, all of whom have been suspended for PEDs.

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Rodriguez's lawyer David Cornwell denied the allegations:

From "60 Minutes":

In a statement to "60 Minutes," Rodriguez lawyer David Cornwell said, "The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex -- this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game. While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues."
Rodriguez is playing with the Yankees while appealing a 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball following its Biogenesis investigation. Braun accepted a 65-game suspension through the end of the 2013 season for taking performance-enhancing drugs. Cervelli was one of a dozen players who accepted a 50-game suspension.

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