Alex Rodriguez’s Cousin to be questioned by MLB Lawyers

alex-rodriguezMichael O’Keefe (New York Daily News) reports that MLB attorneys want to depose Yuri Sucart, Alex Rodriguez’s cousin, because his name appeared in records prepared by Anthony Bosch, the founder of now-defunct Biogenesis, the Coral Gables clinic involved in the latest baseball doping scandal.

A Florida appeals court ruled that lawyers for Major League Baseball can question Yuri Sucart, the most infamous cousin in the national pastime’s history, about what he knows about the anti-aging clinic at the center of the sport’s latest doping scandal.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami ruled 3-0 on Wednesday that Sucart and another witness must participate in depositions in the tortious interference lawsuit MLB filed in March against Biogenesis, the Coral Gables clinic that allegedly supplied banned drugs to Sucart’s cousin Alex Rodriguez and other players.

Sucart’s attorney, Jeffrey Sonn, argued that A-Rod’s cousin should not have to testify because said the lawsuit MLB filed against Biogenesis and several clinic principals does not belong in Miami-Dade County circuit court. The suit claims Bosch and the other defendants interfered with baseball’s basic agreement with the Players Association by providing banned drugs to ballplayers.

MLB attorneys want to depose Sucart because his name appeared in records prepared by Anthony Bosch, the founder of now-defunct Biogenesis, the South Florida clinic that allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun and around 20 other big-league players.

Sucart’s testimony will not play a role in Rodriguez’s appeal of his historic 211-game steroid suspension. The hearing ended last month and final written arguments are supposed to be delivered to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz by Saturday.

But MLB officials, one source familiar with the legal battle told the News, will depose Sucart because it wants a complete record of the Biogenesis saga – and it wants to send a message that those who interfere with the joint drug program baseball operates in conjunction with the union will face consequences.

Sonn could not be reached for comment, but he told the Daily News earlier this year that federal labor law requires issues involving the drug program MLB operates in conjunction with the Players Association to be handled by the grievance procedure outlined in the basic agreement with the union. Rodriguez claimed in 2009 that Sucart had helped him procure banned drugs, shortly after Sports Illustrated reported that the steroid-stained slugger had tested positive in 2003.

For original article, see http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/i-team/mlb-lawyers-question-a-rod-cousin-yuri-ruling-article-1.1552351

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