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MLB investigates A-Rod's cousin, finds no issue

Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:09 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 1:58 pm
By Matt Snyder

The cousin who Alex Rodriguez said was his accomplice to using PEDs back in 2003 has been spotted at the Yankees team hotel on a recent road trip, according to the New York Daily News. In turn, Major League Baseball is investigating what kind of access, if any, has been granted to Yuri Sucart -- the cousin in question. (ESPN New York)

During spring training of 2009, Rodriguez discussed with reporters his drug use back in 2003, and said that he had a cousin who would travel to the Dominican Republic and get access to performance-enhancing drugs and bring them back for Rodriguez's use. Though the name was never used, that cousin was later revealed to be Sucart. Since then, Sucart has been banned by the Yankees from having contact with the team and MLB has forbidden him from gaining access to restricted areas.

Thus, when Sucart was spotted at a hotel in San Francisco where the Yankees stayed during their series against the Oakland A's -- in addition to the Daily News report that Sucart has been a "constant presence" on the road for the Yankees since last season -- a red flag was raised.

Sucart is not, however -- and could not be -- banned from maintaining a relationship with his cousin or seeing him in any public place (such as a hotel).

I wouldn't call this a witch hunt just yet, but it's hard to get worked up about a player hanging out with his cousin -- especially since pretty much everyone involved in the initial situation said Sucart was only doing what A-Rod asked him to. If Sucart is being granted access to the locker room, that needs to stop, but if he's just visiting with his cousin, I'd say there's nothing to see here. Any suggestion that Sucart is going to somehow harm Rodriguez would be suggesting that A-Rod had no idea in the first place what drugs he was doing in 2003 -- which is obviously ridiculous.

UPDATE: is reporting that Major League Baseball has resolved the issue and found nothing wrong. Just as I suspected, it was much ado about nothing.

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Category: MLB

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:50 am

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

NFLrealist, if Madonna showed up at your doorstep and offered to hop in the sack with you, I guarantee you would be all over it. 

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:31 am

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

The yankees probably paid the cousin to come on down.  Have you seen how much teh Yankees owe A-rod for hte next 8 years and how quickly he has looked average?  Could turn into a worse signing than Zito.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:31 am

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

It's a witch hunt with Alex, everything he does he's dragged in the mud. Remember when Ortiz was accused of taking PEDs, but he said they were milkshakes, and that's it everyone is fine with it, Ortiz said they were milkshakes so leave the big lovable guy alone, Ortiz's numbers spiked when he came to Boston and hooked up with known user Manny, but hey big lovable Ortiz never took anything did he.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:10 am

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

Should A-Rod be allowed in the Hall when he's finished?


Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:09 am

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

Anyone that would STILL mess around with Madonna is possibly the dumbest person who ever lived....

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:08 am

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

A-Fraud / A-Roid is a liar and anyone who believes he only took PED's for 3 years is frankly an idiot!  This clown has been juicing his entire career and is a complete FRAUD.  I wish baseball would have removed his MVP during the Ranger years since he admitted to cheating.  Why the Yankees extended his contract is beyond me.  This joker may break Barry's FAKE record but will anyone really care?  Yet the Yankees will pay him an additional bonus of $30M as he breaks this HR milestone.  I thought the Yankees were better at business than this?  He is like Manny and will continue to use until he is caught again.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:00 am

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

He isn't a Ranger anymore, he is clean.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:26 am

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

Are you sure he would be "smarter" than that?  I'm not speculating on anything.  Arod is a great ballplayer but no one is ever going to accuse him from being "smart".

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:21 am

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

Oh great here come the speculators.  I think if Alex was back on the juice he'd be smarter than this.  If he is back on the juice, plz don't get caught Alex

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