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Alex Rodriguez's Cousin Got $900K in Hush Money From MLB All-Star: Report

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 08:31 AM

Alex Rodriguez's cousin Yuri Sucart, the target of a federal investigation involving the notorious Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, reportedly received some $900,000 from the baseball star in return for his silence about supposed steroid use.

According to court papers filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida last week, Rodriguez gave in to Sucart's demands for cash in exchange for Sucart's word that he wouldn’t blow the lid off the All-Star's doping, the New York Daily News reported.

A 2012 letter from Sucart's former attorney, Jeffrey Sonn, to Rodriguez demanded $5 million and a "life estate" for the cousin and his wife.

"Yuri, even after he was accused of being a steroid mule for you, kept your confidences of all your activities while you played for the Rangers and the Yankees," the letter read, according to the Daily News.

Sonn reportedly sent the letter at a time when Rodriguez was being investigated by Major League Baseball for using performance enhancing drugs and the clinic was under the federal government's microscope.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig eventually suspended Rodriguez for 211 games, a punishment that was reduced to 162 games plus the postseason.

Some 13 Major League players were suspended in connection with the Biogenesis drug scandal in 2013, according to ESPN New York.

Sonn told Rodriguez in his 2012 letter that the investigation harmed Sucart's livelihood as a personal assistant to players because of the connection to the Yankees slugger.

"Therefore, Yuri requests that you now pay him for the past services rendered and to fulfill your promise to support him and his family for life," Sonn wrote. "That sum is $5 million and a life estate for him and his wife in the house, free and clear of any liens or mortgages, where he is currently living."

ESPN New York wrote that Rodriguez, who is still under contract with the New York Yankees for three more seasons, has not spoken publicly since his suspension ended after the World Series last month. He is expected to return to the Yankees for the 2015 season.

"At some point in the future, Alex will have something to say," Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez's spokesman, told ESPN New York. "Today is not the time. When it is time, everyone will hear from Alex. Right now, he is working out and ready to return for 2015."

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Alex Rodriguez's cousin Yuri Sucart, the target of a federal investigation involving the notorious Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, reportedly received some $900,000 from the baseball star in return for his silence about supposed steroid use.
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