Major League Baseball just issued the following statement:
“We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire.”
Hopefully this means that
A-Rod A-Fraud has finally come to the inescapable consclusion that he cannot win this matter.
Even if somehow he pulled his best Johnny Cochrane magic trick off he is still going to lose in the court of public opinion.
For those who want to wade into the legalese, here ya go:
I don’t always agree with Craig, but I always understand where he is coming from.
Today he postulates that Major League Baseball‘s claim in a recent 60 Minutes piece that a payment of around $50,000 from Rodriguez to Anthony Bosch was less of an attempted bribe and more of clerical error.
In his piece he goes as far as to say that not only wasn’t it a mistake, but it’s one that MLB was fully aware of and looked the other way on to suit their purposes:
“Rather, it was a misdirected payment intended for A-Rod’s lawyers. Indeed, A-Rod had just been billed that exact amount by his legal team. It was misdirected to Bosch’s attorney — with whom A-Rod had been dealing with previously — and when the mistake was discovered it was promptly returned. Despite this, MLB stands by its contention that it was a bribe.”
My problem with his rationale is that he doesn’t offer up any evidence that MLB was aware of the clerical error, nor that they subsequently ignored that tidbit of information as they took action against
He just takes the word of a known sleazeball player and said sleazeball’s known sleazeball lawyer (give this piece a read for a look at that assclown) and assumes that everything is on the up & up, as if it is completely out of the question to think that it all could have been a pencil-whipped ruse to cover their collective asses after an attempted bribe didn’t shake out the way they thought it would.
To me that is just as valid a theory as the evidence free one he put forth above.
He could be right. I could be right. Who knows, based on what we have to go on. The only thing we do know is that this is all just one big old hot mess of ugly.
In the end I don’t think Bosch is a stand-up guy with a whole lot of credibility.
But A-rod’s problem is I think he’s got even less.
We ALL know where I sit on this douchenozzle Ryan Braun.
I covered it HERE.
I pointed out the multiple stories the clown had been selling to different parties HERE.
I chronicled how the lousy f***in’ cheat threw a hard working man under the bus just to save his name & preserve his cash right HERE.
I have covered this big old ugly mess from day one.
And if it wasn’t obvious then (which you’d have to be a mental midget to see the Braun fiasco as anything more than him “O.J.-ing the system”) I just wonder what Braun’s defenders are saying now?
When news broke about Biogenesis, a now closed anti-aging clinic in Florida that had been supplying Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Ryan Braun and a slew of other athletes with PEDs, Braun’s initial response was that he had merely worked with the lab as a consultation for his then ongoing appeal of a 50 game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Well, now it seems that his statement is just another load of horses*** from a guy who has been dealing in that stuff for some time now.
The list was written in April, in the hand of Biogenesis of America clinic founder Anthony Bosch. Among the names is the Milwaukee Brewers‘ Ryan Braun, and to the right of that name is a figure: $1,500.
That list, a source familiar with Bosch’s operation told “Outside the Lines,” indicates that those players received performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch and owed him money. The document, one of dozens obtained by “Outside the Lines,” suggests a closer link to Bosch and the now-shuttered clinic he ran in Coral Gables, Fla., than Braun has acknowledged.
The list is not definitive proof that Braun either received or used PEDs — either would be a suspendable offense under Major League Baseball policy — but may draw him more squarely into the spotlight as the league investigates the scandal and tries to draw the interest of law enforcement.
The Brewers outfielder was first connected to Bosch in a Yahoo! Sports report last week — citing a different document — that did not connect his name to drugs. Braun explained the report by saying he had consulted with Bosch during his successful appeal of a positive drug test a year ago. Why he consulted with Bosch, who is not a physician but presents himself as one, has not been made clear.
I am just getting kind of tired of stating the obvious and any sanctimonious “everyone is innocent until proven guilty”‘s can be checked at the door.
This is not a court of law, it is the court of public opinion and the guy is as dirty as one can get.
He used PEDs. He popped hot on a test.
He first claimed that he didn’t fail a test, but when it became obvious he did he claimed it was a false positive.
When he couldn’t make the false positive claim stick he turned the guy who administered it into the boogeyman, a guy who has nothing better to than to tamper with MLB player’s tests results for one reason or another.
And then as he sat silent his teammates came to his defense, only making the situation more of a sea of bulls*** than it already was:
[Jonathan] Lucroy said there was more to the situation than Braun has said publicly, and his explanation to teammates, Lucroy said, has been convincing.
“I’m not going to get into the details, but if you knew what we knew, people would be like, ‘Wow,’ ” Lucroy said, adding that he understood why Braun has elaborated only in private. “You’ve got to do that because it’s his prerogative. It’s up to him, it’s his choice. And honestly, if some of the things came out, it would be a lot more negative than positive. There are reasons.”
Now here we are a year later and his name once again comes up with shady dealings & PEDs.
His initial response tries to deflect the damage but very quickly it is once again quickly shown to be an over-sized load of bulls***.
I sense a pattern developing.
Word to the wise. If you want to gauge if Ryan Braun is lying just take a look and see if his lips are moving because that’s your first clue.