The Biogenesis Files on ESPN

I thought this might make for some enlightening reading. Don't really think it will spark much discussion among the Longhorn faithful, but it's interesting what starts to come out as time goes by and people have the benefit of hindsight.

Anyway it's sports related and here's one blurb that convinced me to start reading the "files" (they're mostly long-form).

"... it appears that the $275 million man Alex Rodriguez–to absolutely no one’s surprise–became a government informant, dropping the names of fellow players to save his ass from a sprawling DEA investigation into the use of performance-enhancing steroids in Major League Baseball. The whole sleazy affair is told in a remarkable 40,000-word series on the Biogenesis scandal by Mike Fish for ESPN, where ARod currently works as an analyst. But before ARod turned snitch, it sure sounds like investigators feared he or his associates might put out some kind of a "hit" (and he was, after all, one of the best hitters in the game, with or without enhanced musculature) on Tony Bosch, the PED-dispensing operator of the Biogenesis clinic."

…documents reveal that MLB officials believed Bosch felt threatened enough by A-Rod’s camp that the commissioner’s office paid almost $2 million for its star witness’s personal security, a figure that grew to twice what was originally agreed upon. The cooperative agreement with Bosch ultimately cost MLB more than $5 million, including other expenses such as attorney fees and for a time hiding him out in high-end hotels and million-dollar condos around Miami.

In true sociopathic style, ARod not only outed players (including Manny Ramirez and Ryan Braun), but he also he twisted the arms of (some might say, blackmailed) old friends like Lazaro "Lazer" Collazo, the former pitching coach at the University of Miami…

"When the Biogenesis scandal broke, Collazo said A-Rod called to remind him of their bond: "Hey, there’s some people that are going to be calling you from the major leagues. We’ve been friends all this time. I can’t tell you what to say, but you know what I’m talking about."

Collazo said, "Of course, Alex, I’m never going to throw you — outside the bus."

"But then, shit, he gets these things [clinic notebooks], and he throws me under the bus," Collazo said. "And we were so close. But he changed. The people that really know Alex, the people who grew up and know Alex, know how much he changed. He changed to a piece of …"

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