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Friday, January 17, 2014

Oz: Was the alleged A-Rod bribe to Tony Bosch actually just a billing error? Maybe

Just what the anti-aging facility ordered, another A-Rod story:

Presented in the “60 Minutes” story was an unsolicited wire transfer from “Arod Corporation” to Bosch’s criminal attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, in the amount of $49,901.51. Manfred told “60 Minutes” that he and MLB considered this a bribe.

But Steve Fishman of New York Magazine found this odd. Fishman, you’ll remember, wrote a big piece on A-Rod recently and then published those strange e-mails between A-Rod and New York Yankees president Randy Levine.

Fishman wondered, who pays $49.901.51 as hush money. It’s too specific an amount. Why not $50,000, nice and round? Fishman did some digging and discovered:

  In fact, documents obtained by New York suggests that the wire transfer was a legal payment made in error. Rodriguez’s attorney Roy Black sent Rodriguez a bill for that same amount on April 2, 2013 – six days before the payment to Ribero-Ayala. According to e-mails examined by New York, Rodriguez’s business staff confused the wiring information and accidentally sent the payment to Ribero-Ayala on April 8.

  Rodriguez’s employees had Ribero-Ayala’s name in their payment system because Rodriguez had previously paid her $25,000 to help cover Bosch’s mounting legal fees, when the two were still telling the same story — and Bosch had thanked him for that.

  On April 9, 2013, Rodriguez realized that the second payment was in error, according to the e-mail chain, and Ribero-Ayala returned the money, which was then transferred to Black’s law firm’s account.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, biogenesis, mlb_discipline, steroids, yankees

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sources: MLB hurt Fla. Investigation

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told “Outside the Lines.”

The Department of Health closed its case on Bosch, who is not licensed to practice medicine, in April with a $5,000 fine and cease-and-desist letter. On July 31, Bosch signed an agreement with health officials reducing the penalty to $3,000.

A state official said the limited scope of the investigation and its conclusion were direct results of MLB officials purchasing documents related to the since shuttered clinic at the center of a performance-enhancing drug scandal involving Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and at least a dozen other players.

The source said MLB knew the documents had been intended for Florida investigators and that the purchase of them hindered the state investigation by preventing the department from gathering additional evidence against Bosch, doctors and others affiliated with the clinic. Further, MLB officials never told health department officials they had obtained the records, the source said.

“They can’t say they weren’t warned,” the official said.

Is this the cautionary tale of hubris and ego run amok and the downfall of overweening ambition as embodied by Captain Ahab Queeg Selig???

 

The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: November 15, 2013 at 10:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb_discipline, seligula

 

 

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