Accuser of NY Yankees' Rodriguez speaks publicly about doping case

Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:00pm EST
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The owner of a now-closed Florida clinic accused of supplying banned performance enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players, including the game's highest paid player, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, said in a TV interview that Rodriguez was a long-time drug user.

Anthony Bosch, the main witness whom MLB relied upon to suspend Rodriguez, had previously denied any involvement in selling drugs to players. But he told CBS News "60 Minutes" broadcast on Sunday that he was an expert in doping who only stopped and agreed to speak up because he got caught.

Rodriguez, 38, who on Saturday was suspended for the entire 2014 season by baseball's chief arbitrator, has never failed a dope test and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Rodriguez turned down a request to appear on "60 Minutes," according to CBS News.

Rodriguez did not immediately comment on the report, the contents of which Reuters could not independently confirm.

Former Biogenesis clinic owner Bosch said in the interview: "I was very good at what I did. I had a track record. I have been doing this for many years."

"If you had the knowledge that I had, the experience that I had, and you know the truth about the testing and the flaws, it was almost a cake walk actually."

Bosch said he provided Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs, including steroids, human growth hormone, insulin and supplements, over several years and personally injected him with some of the banned substances.

"Alex is scared of needles, so at times, he would ask me to inject," Bosch said.   Continued...

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez looks over his shoulder during their MLB American League baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Massachusetts in this August 18, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter/Files