Major League Baseball vice president Robert Manfred has called on Alex Rodriguez’s attorney to allow the league to reveal all its information that relates to his client in the Biogenesis case. Manfred wrote a letter in which he claimed MLB was willing to waive the confidentiality clause in the Joint Drug Agreement and make all its information public. Rodriguez and his lawyers would need to sign off on such a move, and they have declined to do so.
“Today Show” host Matt Lauer surprised Rodriguez’s lawyer Joseph Tacopina during an interview on Monday morning by revealing that he had received the letter from Manfred. Lauer continued to grill Tacopina about the case and claimed that if the lawyer signed the letter, then all the information would be on the table and everyone could talk about it openly.
Not surprisingly, Tacopina begged off.
Lauer said the following:
“They sent us a letter saying that if you’re willing to sign this letter, that they are willing to waive the confidentiality clause in the Joint Drug and Prevention Program, that they’ll be allowed to talk about everything and you’ll be allowed to talk about everything.
“They said that would include all prior violations of the program committed by Rodriguez, all documents, records, communications, text messages and instant messages related to Rodriguez’s treatment by Anthony Bosch.”
Tacopina offered to read the letter and Lauer replied that baseball had just sent it. Tacopina then said, “Listen. We would love nothing more than to be able to discuss the testing history, the scientific evidence and the test of Alex Rodriguez under this JDA drug program, nothing more.”
He then went on to say the letter was a “publicity stunt” and “a trap” and that a waiver would require approval from the players’ union.
Later in the interview, Tacopina went on the offensive claiming the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball had acted unethically in their treatment of his client.
But the big story is that A-Rod’s attorney demurred when given the chance to put all his cards on the table. That’s probably the smart thing legally, but it made his client look even more guilty.