Alex Rodriguez has kept out of the media for the past couple months, but now that the season has ended, he is back in it. According to the New York Daily News, Rodriguez paid his cousin Yuri Sucart almost $1 million in June 2013 to keep quiet about A-Rod’s steroid use.
According to court filings that the New York Daily News cited, Sucart’s former attorney, Jeffrey Sonn, demanded $5 million on behalf of Sucart. Rodriguez claimed that Sucart was a PED supplier for him when he was exposed.
Patrick Sullivan is the prosecutor in the case against Sucart and said, “[Rodriguez] has a prominent role in the government’s proof of Count 1 and Count 2 conspiracies to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone.” Therefore, Rodriguez might have to testify against his own cousin.
Rodriguez has not spoken regarding this latest news, and his spokesman Ron Berkowitz told ESPN, “At some point in the future, Alex will have something to say. Today is not the time. When it is time, everyone will hear from Alex. Right now, he is working out and ready to return for 2015.”
Rodriguez’s 162-game suspension has ended, and is eligible to return for the 2015 season with the New York Yankees. I’m sure this will not be the last controversy to come regarding A-Rod.