A great summary on where A-Rod is at, right now, with this Galea mess, via Dan Herbeck –
The New York Yankees’ power-hitting third baseman, known as A-Rod, is scheduled to be interviewed by federal prosecutors and agents about his dealings with a Toronto physician who is the subject of a grand jury investigation here into performance-enhancing drugs.
Five sources close to the case said Rodriguez is considered a witness — not a target — of the investigation. They told The Buffalo News that Rodriguez is one of about 10 professional athletes the feds plan to question about treatment they received from Dr. Anthony Galea.
But the investigation still has the potential of causing problems for the athletes, including Rodriguez, who admitted publicly last year that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003.
“Investigations like this put professional athletes between a rock and a hard place,” said Paul Finkelman, a professor at Albany Law School who is an expert on legal issues involving sports and drugs.
“If players lie, they could be criminally prosecuted for it. But if they tell the truth, and if they admit doing anything that is improper under the rules of baseball, they potentially could get into trouble with Major League Baseball.”
The law professor was quick to point out that he has no way of knowing whether Rodriguez or any other player ever got substances from Galea that are banned by Major League Baseball.
Tight secrecy surrounds Rodriguez’s planned visit. The U.S. attorney’s office and federal agents all declined to discuss it Thursday.
“No comment on an ongoing investigation,” said James H. Robertson, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo office.
Two of Rodriguez’s attorneys did not return calls seeking comment.
A third attorney for Rodriguez, Patrick J. Brown of Buffalo, said he had no comment.
So far, federal agents and prosecutors have made no allegation that A-Rod or any other athlete received performance-enhancing drugs from Galea.
One person who was willing to comment on Galea’s dealings with A-Rod was Mark J. Mahoney, Galea’s Buffalo attorney.
“I can tell you that [Galea] never gave performance-enhancing drugs to A-Rod or any other athlete. And the government knows it,” Mahoney said. “I think the government is trying to scare these athletes into saying what they want to hear.”
Will federal agents share any of the information they obtain in the Galea case with Major League Baseball officials?
Earl P. Gould, an FBI spokesman in Buffalo, said he could not comment.
“We have no comment,” on that question or any aspect of the Galea investigation, Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said.
Rodriguez is expected to talk with federal agents and prosecutors, not the grand jury, and if that’s the case, some observers think that it is a mistake.
“If I represented A-Rod, I would tell him to insist on going right into the grand jury, rather than being interviewed by federal agents,” Finkelman said. “I would tell him to confine his statements to the grand jury room, because it is illegal to leak information that comes out in the grand jury.”
To me, the biggest two points here are:
…If players lie, they could be criminally prosecuted for it. But if they tell the truth, and if they admit doing anything that is improper under the rules of baseball, they potentially could get into trouble with Major League Baseball…
…If I represented A-Rod, I would tell him to insist on going right into the grand jury, rather than being interviewed by federal agents. I would tell him to confine his statements to the grand jury room, because it is illegal to leak information that comes out in the grand jury…
So, there you have it. If A-Rod lies, and is caught, he’s in trouble. And, if he tells the truth, there’s a great chance that it can be leaked without it being illegal. So, to me, at this point, I’m starting to think that Alex is in some hot water here. And, anyone who thinks this matter is going to be a non-issue for A-Rod and the Yankees is just hanging on to wishful thinking at this junction.