The biggest drug case in America today involves Alex Rodgiguez, third base,
New York Yankees. I like to watch ESPN, preferably SportsCenter, while
I eat lunch. Most of the show today was spent breaking down the 211 game
suspension of Alex Rodriguez, for using performance enhancing drugs (PED's)
in 2010, 2011 and 2012...then trying to cover it up. At first, I was intrigued
because of the extra suspensions compared to the other players who admitted
to wrongdoing and are not alleged to have tried to cover anything else up.
In many ways, the case is a lot like a criminal
drug case. There is a long investigation into who had dope and how they got it.
I suspect this investigation has thousands of man-hours behind, it similar
to a long federal drug investigation. My most recent
federal case involved an alleged marijuana ring and the FBI and DEA had 6,200 man hours
into it – that's a lot of time and money. Also like a criminal
case, the prosecutor (here Major League Baseball) seems to be saying that
if your record is clean, you don't make us work for the "conviction."
and admit we are right and you are wrong...then we will be nicer to you.
Think plea bargain. Unlike most criminal cases, there are hundreds of
millions of dollars at stake. Rodriguez is reported to have so many lawyers
that baseball doesn't know who to talk to. The stakes in this case
are certainly high.
The commentators touched on the eventual arbitration between baseball and
A-Rod. Reports are saying that baseball has voluminous records that indicate
Rodriguez purchased and used Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and steroids from
a company in Florida. They also reported that there has been no positive
drug test in the last 10 years.
The commentator then stated that because there is no positive drug test,
there is no direct evidence in the case. I disagree. He said that there
is only circumstantial evidence in the form of documents, witness testimony,
and reports of injections into Rodriguez. I am here to tell you that when
a person testifies under oath that they took a banned substance placed
it into a syringe, Rodriguez dropped his pants and that employee stuck
the needle directly into Rodriguez's skin, that is direct evidence.
Reports have stated that Anthony Bosch (a Biogensis Employee) can and
will testify to injecting Rodriguez.
Circumstantial evidence in this case would be testimony to the effect of
"I took drugs put them in a syringe in a small room, I led Rodriguez
down the hall to the room, he closed the door for a few minutes, the door
opened, he left, the syringe was empty." There also seems to be ample
amounts of direct evidence that Rodriguez tampered with the investigation.
Documents being transferred from Biogenesis to him, for money, during
the investigation, destruction of documents with his name on them.
I am very curious to find out more about the similarities between the A-Rod
investigation and typical drug investigations. I want to know who baseball
has hired to conduct their investigations. I suspect they have some former
FBI or DEA type fellows who take years to do their work. It is always
interesting how a private investigator works, compared to a police type
investigator. In some ways they have less formal rules. In other ways
they don't have the power of the government behind them anymore. Then
again, some people might say that baseball is more powerful than a lot
of government entities.
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