MIAMI (AP) - The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes.
The charges filed Tuesday against former Biogenesis of America owner Anthony Bosch and six others marked one of the biggest salvos yet in a case that has dragged on for nearly two years. The case has sparked lawsuits, mudslinging and suspensions against numerous major leaguers, including Rodriguez.
Also charged was Yuri Sucart, 52, a cousin of Rodriguez who the New York Yankees third baseman has said provided him with steroids from 2000 to 2003 when he played for the Texas Rangers.
Sucart and the others are accused of acting as recruiters, setting up meetings between the athletes and Bosch, authorities said. Professional athletes paid up to $12,000 a month for the drugs provided by Biogenesis, while high schoolers paid up to $600 a month. All the clients were promised that the substances wouldn’t be found through drug testing, prosecutors said.
U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer said Bosch didn’t have a medical license, making what happened all the more dangerous.
Major League Baseball wasn’t part of the criminal investigation and declined comment. No athletes were charged nor named in court documents, and it is unclear how many may have been involved. Authorities said Bosch admitted to providing performance-enhancing drugs to 18 high schoolers.
Bosch has pleaded not guilty, and his bond was set at $100,000. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first woman to join an NBA coaching staff.
The Spurs made the announcement Tuesday. Hammon plans to retire from the San Antonio Silver Stars after this season.
She spent some time around the Spurs during last season’s run to the championship, and coach Gregg Popovich says she made a strong impression. Popovich says he’s “confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”
It’s the latest trailblazing move for the Spurs, who hired European coaching legend Ettore Messina to join Popovich’s staff earlier this summer.
The U.S. men’s national team trimmed its roster to 16 players on Tuesday by cutting Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.
The Americans are off this week after training last week in Las Vegas, where Indiana All-Star Paul George was lost to a broken right leg. They will resume practice for the World Cup of Basketball on Aug. 14 in Chicago.