A-Rod denies report, calls Cervy 'brother'

August, 16, 2013
8/16/13
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Alex Rodriguez's opening statement in response to the report by "60 Minutes":

"It is a tough situation," Rodriguez said. "It is not surprising. I think they reported this about four months ago and it didn't get much traction. It is weird, weird timing."

Are you saying it is not true?

"It is not true," Rodriguez said. "I spoke to [Francisco] Cervelli and had a positive conversation. He understands it is not true and we are on the same page."

What do you mean by you are not surprised?

"It came out four months ago," Rodriguez said. "I don't know if you remember. It is what it is."

Are you surprised about the story itself?

"When I heard about the story, it was very surprising to me," Rodriguez said. "The most important thing is that I spoke to Cervelli. Cervelli is like my brother. He fully understands that it is not true.

This is the first story that says you implicated Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli in the Biogenesis scandal. Does it surprise you that you are being accused of implicating a teammate?

"Absolutely," Rodriguez said. "We had that conversation. He understands that it is not true. You know, I've been a member of this union for 20 years, and it is important for all the guys to understand that my loyalty is to this union and it would never happen, it would never occur and it didn't happen. Let's make one thing clear: For the next seven weeks, it is going to be a very bumpy road. Every day expect a story like this, if not bigger. After arbitration, I'll have an opportunity with a full platform. Maybe a story with Wally [Matthews]. And I'll tell my full story."

Have you spoken to Braun?

"I have not spoken to Braun," Rodriguez said.

How do you deal with this going forward?

"We are all going to have to get ready for a bumpy road," Rodriguez said. "It is going to get worse every day. I would expect bigger and bigger stories to come out every day. It is frustrating for the game because the game is doing so well. It is a big series. The team is playing relatively well. We are excited about playing one of the best teams in baseball in Boston. The drips -- it is frustrating it coming out one drip at a time. I wish all of this could be done in a confidential matter, like the bargaining agreement says it should. But that is not the case. When I have the right platform at the right time, when the time is appropriate, I will tell my full story."
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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