Back in 2009, Alex Rodriguez admitted using performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career with help from his cousin, Yuri Sucart. Later that year, the Yankees slugger gave his cousin a World Series ring as a gift -- a gift Sucart is now hocking at auction.
Michael O'Keeffe of the New York Daily News reports Sucart sold the diamond-studded ring to auctioneer Ken Goldin and consigned it to New Jersey's Goldin Auctions. The ring will go up for sale on Monday with a minimum bid of $5,000. Goldin expects it to fetch upwards of $40,000 thanks to its association with A-Rod.
Although O'Keeffe doesn't explicitly say it in his article, it sounds as though the ring is not A-Rod's personal championship ring. Goldin told the Daily News it "is the same as the rings issued to the players on the Yankees' most recent championship team," which leads me to believe it's a family member ring. I could be wrong, of course.
Sucart essentially served as Rodriguez's assistant and driver earlier in the player's career. The Yankees banned him from the team's facilities following A-Rod's PED admission in 2009. Sucart's name resurfaced in the Miami New Times report suggesting Rodriguez received PEDs more recently.
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