Maybe this whole Alex Rodriquez Biogenesis scandal isn't over quite yet. At least it's still got legs.
Major League Baseball investigators illegally bought documents to build the performance-enhancing drug case against the Yankees' third baseman, according to a report in Newsday, citing a Boca Raton, Fla. police report,
That's despite repeated warnings to MLB from Florida authorities that the documents in the Rodriguez scandal were stolen and that they were not to purchase them, according to Florida investigators and an April police report obtained by the newspaper.
MLB investigators bought Biogenesis records anyway, and a Boca Raton police detective investigating the theft noted that baseball officials neglected to notify law enforcement officials that they had done so for nearly eight months.
League spokesman Pat Courtney, however, told Newsday that it "had no knowledge that that documents we purchased were stolen."
The police report, which has not been previously publicized, details how a detective's investigation into the burglary of documents from a car parked outside a strip-mall tanning salon turned into an examination of whether MLB officials broke the law when they paid for records showing that players had used performance-enhancing drugs.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig, who will retire at the end of the 2014 season, stood by his office's actions.
"The only thing I'll say about the whole Alex Rodriguez thing, if you want to have a tough program, you better have tough enforcement," Selig said in a public appearance on April 25. "And once the Biogenesis thing broke, we did what we had to do."
MLB suspended A-Rod for the 2014 season for alleged PED violations.