Alex Rodriguez Could Face Baseball Ban over Performance-Enhancing Drugs
06/05/2013 AT 10:10 AM EDT
The slugger (a.k.a. A-Rod) – who's been romantically linked in the past to Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and Madonna – is among the names of more than 20 players connected to a Miami anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis of America, whose owner has agreed to speak to Major League Baseball about the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs to its players, according to reports.
"The clinic's owner, Tony Bosch, is now cooperating with the MLB investigation," ESPN reported late Tuesday.
A-Rod, Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, Texas Ranger Nelson Cruz and Toronto Blue Jay Melky Cabrera are among the players whose names have been tied to Biogenesis of America, which has been accused of providing banned substances to players, a violation of their professional contracts, the Associated Press reports. The violation could lead to as much as a 100-game suspension.
While officials have had clinic records with names of 20 players for more than a month, they can now move forward on penalties since Bosch, a self-described biochemist, has reportedly agreed to talk about his clients. Bosch had previously denied any involvement in distributing such drugs.
A-Rod, 37, who has been out of commission after hip surgery, was expected to return to play after the All-Star break. He admitted in 2009 to using performance-enhancing drugs early in his career, New York's Daily News reported. He has denied such claims in recent years.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi would not address Rodriquez but spoke more generally to reporters about the scandal, according to the Daily News. "I worry about baseball being affected, as a game, the whole thing. What it's been through in the last 15 years, that's my concern," he said.
He added: "And I always worry about my players, always. One thing you never want to forget is, they're human beings."