The fallout from New Times' January investigation into Biogenesis, the Coral Gables anti-aging clinic tied to selling athletes performance-enhancing drugs, looks ready to come to a head this week. Last night, USA Today reported that Major League Baseball was "prepared" to suspend eight players, including a lifetime ban for Alex Rodriguez.
Now comes word from ESPN that, faced with that threat, A-Rod is negotiating a deal for a long suspension instead. The Miami Herald, meanwhile, reports that Biogenesis' owner, Tony Bosch,> is now the subject of a federal probe.
When USA Today reported on baseball's willingness to pursue a lifetime ban for A-Rod, who is accused of interfering with baseball's investigation into Biogenesis, some pundits speculated the news was leaked to push A-Rod toward negotiating a settlement rather than fighting a suspension at an arbitration hearing.
According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, at least, the tactic worked. Faced with that threat and "volumes" of documented evidence from Bosch, A-Rod's reps are negotiating a "lengthy suspension," ESPN says.
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Bosch might have his own legal problems after he finishes helping MLB with its PED probe. Federal investigators are now looking into whether Biogenesis sold drugs to high-schoolers, the Miami Herald reports.
Two assistant U.S. attorneys, Patrick Sullivan and Sharad Motiania, have requested an interview with Porter Fischer -- who leaked Biogenesis documents to New Times last year -- to discuss the allegations.
This morning's final, and most depressing, update comes from TMZ. The gossip site's "Hooters sources" provided pictures showing what A-Rod has been up to during the latest tug-of-war over his future: eating hot wings at a Sarasota Hooters.