The hits keep coming for disgraced New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez (or "A-Rod), who was suspended for the 2014 season for using banned substances. Following an investigation into Biogenesis for administering performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to baseball players, thirteen MLB players were suspended. Even though A-Rod has steadfastly denied using banned substances, the man that claims he regularly administered the PEDs to Rodriguez interviewed with 60 Minutes last night.
Anthony Bosch, founder of Biogenesis, claims that he started providing A-Rod with PEDs in 2010. Bosch says that he injected A-Rod with the human growth hormone regularly and that he also provided the third baseman with testosterone-laced gummies before the games so he would have more energy.
"[Gummies] are so small you could literally while sitting in the dugout take it, put it in your mouth and people could think it’s sunflower seeds or...piece of candy or a piece of gum, for that matter," Bosch said. "Now, all of a sudden, his levels of testosterone are higher. It gives him...more energy. It gives him more strength. It gives him more focus. And in combination with the growth hormone, that combination would make playing the game of baseball a lot easier."
Even though Rodriguez claims he didn't know he was taking anything illegal, Bosch says that A-Rod was very well aware of the drugs he was being injected with.
“Alex cared. Alex wanted to know,” Bosch said. “He would study the product. He would study the substances. He would study the dosages because he wanted to achieve all his human performance or in this case, sports performance objectives. And the most important one was the 800 home run club.”
Now that the interview has aired, A-Rod will reportedly file an injunction in an attempt to play baseball during the 2014 season.
A-Rod attorney Joseph Tacopina says they will file for an injunction tomorrow morning in federal court.
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No surprise there, but Manhattan defense attorney Todd Spodek says that it's unlikely A-Rod will be successful.
"I think that's still a stretch, but it is possible,'' he said. "Getting it overturned, I don't think it's going to happen. They need to tell the court this is an emergency, that this judge needs to review the full case file and that it's highly prejudicial to A-Rod so they need to stay the order until the federal court could review the arbitrator's full file, transcripts, everything. But to actually overturn it, they are going to have to show that something particular with these proceedings was so biased, out of the ordinary course of arbitration."
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