T.J. Quinn of ESPN has reported that associates of Rodriguez leaked Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli to Yahoo Sports as part of the ongoing Biogenesis case, as "60 Minutes" has reported.
Members of Rodriguez's inner-circle obtained versions of the documents that contained Braun and Cervelli's names and sent them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with knowledge of the case. Yahoo! first reported Braun's and Cervelli's involvement with Biogenesis.
On Friday, Rodriguez's attorney David Cornwell denied any allegations of his client leaking such information to Yahoo Sports and issued a statement to the press.
"These allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex, this time by driving a wedge between him and other players in the league," Cornwell said. "While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues. These improper and viciously false leaks will not alter the fact that MLB exceeded its authority under the JDA [Joint Drug Agreement] and the 211 game [suspension] will not stand.''
Cornwell knows Braun very well, as he was his attorney during his appeal against Major League Baseball that got his 50-game suspension for a failed drug test overturned due to a technicality, and is now representing Rodriguez in his appeal to get a 211-game suspension from the Biogenesis case either reduced or overturned.
Rodriguez was issued the suspension by baseball on August 5 but because he appealed the decision, he was allowed to play games for the Yankees and made his 2013 debut that same night against the Chicago White Sox.
"We feel what he [Selig] did, frankly, was inappropriate and almost ridiculous," Weiner said. "Look at the penalties that have been [given] out and cases that have been decided by the commissioner's office along with the players' association. Nothing comes close to 211 games."
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