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(CBS) -- "60 Minutes" is reporting that people from Alex Rodriguez's "inner circle" leaked documents to Yahoo Sports!, linking New York Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli and the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun to Anthony Bosch, the key witness in the Biogenesis doping scandal.
Citing two sources with direct knowledge of the matter, "60 Minutes" reported that member of A-Rod's team obtained unredacted documents and leaked them. That leak came after the Miami New Times first published redacted documents accusing Rodriguez of using performance-enhancing drugs. Braun and Cervilli's names were redacted in the Miami New Times documents.
Braun agreed to a 65-game suspension on July 22, while Cervelli and 11 other players accepted 50-game bans on Aug. 5. That same day, MLB suspended Rodriguez for 211 games, which he is appealing. MLB investigators believe that Rodriguez was using performance-enhancing drugs since 2010 and tried to impede the investigation by purchasing medical records from Bosch, the director of the South Florida wellness clinic. Rodriguez, however, has denied this.
Per baseball's collective bargaining agreement, any allegations of performance-enhancing drug use are to be handled privately before a player's name is made public. Providing documents listing the names of players would be a direct violation of the CBA.
"The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex -- this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game," Rodriguez lawyer David Cornwell said in a statement to "60 Minutes." "While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues."