Back in January, the Miami New Times Ran a series of sensational articles alleging that Alex Rodriguez had frequented a local clinic and purchased performance-enhancing drugs there. But these articles were long on speculation and short on evidence. In fact, the only real evidence offered were photos of an alleged “journal” kept by the clinic’s proprietor, who had vanished.
We were skeptical. We have seen the New Times run this kind of scam before, most notably with their series of articles alleging that Bruce McMahan, a prominent hedge fund manager, had married his own daughter. The McMahan articles, however, were pure fantasy, and the Rodriguez stories at least start out with some measure of credibility, as A-Rod has admitted to PED use in the past.
Still, more than two months have passed, and the New Times has yet to produce the alleged “journals.” Both Major League Baseball and the FBI have indicated a strong interest, to say the least, in viewing them, as both are actively investigating the story, but The New Times steradfastly refuses to give them access. Their reasons for withholding them are curious, to say the least. According to a recent editorial in the New Times itself:
Sorry, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. We won’t hand over records that detail the inner workings of Biogenesis, the controversial Coral Gables anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied prohibited drugs to six professional baseball players, including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.
The reasons are manifold. History plays a role in our decision. So do journalistic ethics and the fact that we have already posted dozens of records on our website. Finally, there is a hitherto-unreported Florida Department of Health criminal probe into clinic director Anthony Bosch.
When the New Times starts citing “journalistic ethics,” reach for your raincoat, because you are about to get drenched in phlegm. This isn’t a case of protecting a source; they have already identified the author of the journals — the aforementioned owner — and no one cares who stole them and gave them to the New Times.
And “history?” Here they refer to their unhappiness with Jeffery Luria, owner of the Dolphins, and Bud Selig’s role in assisting Luria to obtain tax dollars for a new stadium. If you catch a whiff of the barnyard in this, you’re not alone — normally you’d have to witness a Rosanne Barr bungee jump to beat a stretch like this.
The facts: the New Times publishes snapshots of pages from a journal. It then refuses to allow anyone at all to inspect the journals. Take our word for it, they say.
Forgive us for suspecting that you’ve been taken in like rubes at a roundup, New Times. And, as we have noted, this isn’t your first rodeo. Put up or shut up. Sooner or later, it will all come out. If you have any curiosity about how this will end, you might try googling “Tony Ortega.”