Alex Rodriguez paid his cousin almost $1M to keep his PED use quiet

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The US Government have said that New York Yankees' Alex Roriguez reportedly paid his cousin almost $1million to stay silent about his Performance Enhancing drug use.

Rodriguez was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 Major League Baseball season after violating the league's Performance Enhancing Drugs policy, it has been reported that last year he wired his cousin in the excess of around $900k in hush money over his persistent PED taking.

Last week in Miami, in-court documents were filed in which prosecutors concluded that 39-year-old third baseman had made the payments to Yuri Sucart between June 2013 and September 2013 after he had threatened lawsuit against Rodriguez.

Sucart had worked as Rodriguez's personal assistant and had found out about his persistent PED violations, it is believed that the total value of that settlement could be nearly $2 million, when factoring in other elements of the deal such as a home, a car and insurance.

Although it is believed that Sucart initially demanded payments of around $5million in order to keep silent, he sent letters via his Lawyer threatening to expose the New York Yankees star.

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Demanding payment

Jeffrey Sonn who is the attorney for Sucart, dated a letter in December, 2012 expressing the details of the demands made by his client:

"Unfortunately for you, litigation with you over his employment agreement will reveal all of the duties you instructed Yuri to perform, so he can prove in court what he earned, what you owe him for services rendered and what you promised,"

Rodriguez however has not responded via a spokesman after a request for comment was made on Tuesday.

The revelations of payments made between Rodriguez and Sucart did not come to light until he was asked by the government to disclose his personal financial situation, it was during a determination as to whether he would be required to pay some portion of the costs related to having a federal public defender.

The proposed large settlement that Sucart requires all stems from what he believes was a wrongful termination of his position as the players personal assistant, he asked for $5 million and a life estate for he and his wife.

Sucart's previous transgressions 

Sucart has also been linked to conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone, he subsequently pleaded not guilty.

The charges he faced were in connection with the now-closed anti-aging clinic known as Biogenesis of America, which was owned by Anthony Bosch.

Authorities have explained how Sucart was among a group accused of acting as recruiters who set up meetings between athletes and Bosch. Professional athletes paid up to $12,000 a month for the drugs provided by Biogenesis, while high schoolers paid up to $600 a month.

Bosch then met Alex Rodriguez in the infancy stages of his PED abuse, although he provided evidence that weighed heavily in the decision to suspend the three-time AL MVP for the entire 2014 season.

Rodriguez admitted six years ago he used performance-enhancing substances while with Texas from 2001-03 however he has claimed that he has not used since and continues to plead his innocence.

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