The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez faces a possible suspension from Major League Baseball once he meets with league officials and investigators after a Miami New Times report Tuesday that the All-Star third baseman received performance-enhancing drugs from a South Florida clinic in 2009 and 2012, a person familiar with MLB's drug policy told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Drug Enforcement Agency officials and MLB investigators had yet to speak to Rodriguez.
Rodriguez released a statement vehemently denying that he received performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis, a wellness clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., run by Anthony Bosch.
"The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate."
The story also reported that Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz, Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Melky Cabrera, San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal and Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon were involved with performance-enhancing drugs. Gonzalez also denied his involvement.
"All these denials remind me of Pete Rose and Lance Armstrong," former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent told USA TODAY Sports. "They lie and lie, then the truth comes out.
"It makes every athlete's denial worthless.''
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