Members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's inner circle leaked documents in February that implicated Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and fellow Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in Major League Baseball's latest doping scandal, according to a report from 60 Minutes.
League officials could seek additional punishment for Rodriguez – who received a 211-game suspension last week for alleged steroid use – if they can prove that members of his camp leaked documents, including a handwritten list of clients, a direct violation of the confidentiality clause of the league's collective bargaining agreement.
The leak came days after the Miami New Times published a report in January detailing a number of Major League Baseball players' use of performance enhancing drugs, supplied by the Biogenesis Clinic of America, an anti-aging clinic near the University of Miami. The report included a handwritten client list with three redacted names and a regimen engineered by clinic owner Anthony Bosch.
According to the 60 Minutes report, members of Rodriguez's inner circle leaked copies of the documents detailed in the New Times story to Yahoo Sports a week later. The Yahoo piece published the same list without the redactions, naming Braun, Cervelli and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia as Biogenesis clients. Valencia was later cleared by the MLB.
"The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex – this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game," Rodriguez's attorney David Cornwell said in a statement to 60 Minutes.
Rodriguez and 13 other players were suspended on Aug. 5 for their ties to the Biogenesis clinic. He was suspended through the 2014 season, though he has been allowed to play while he appeals his charge. Braun, who was charged in July, accepted a 65-game suspension, while the others accepted the MLB minimum 50-game suspension for first-time PED offenders.
Though Rodriguez has never failed a drug test under the MLB's Joint Drug Agreement, he has admitted to using PEDs from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers. His suspension is the longest non-lifetime ban by the MLB.