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TODAY   |  August 19, 2013

A-Rod attorney: Allegations ‘will never stand up’

Joe Tacopina, attorney for New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that Major League Baseball’s investigation into performance-enhancing drugs was rife with misconduct. The high profile defense attorney accuses the Yankee organization of deliberately withholding information, and claims the allegations “will never stand up in a court of law.”

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>>> of alex rodriguez 's attorneys is with us exclusively. good morning, nice to see you.

>> good morning.

>> do you have the credibility to make these claims.

>> well, you know, i think so and if the vice president of major league baseball would be good enough to wave the clause i love nothing more than to talk about his history and various things.

>> they sent us a letter overnight saying they are ready to do exactly that. they said if you will sign this letter they're willing to waive the clause and they'll be allowed to talk about everything and you'll be allowed to talk about everything and that would include all prior violations committed by rodriguez, all documents, records, communications and text messages and instant messages related by rodrigu rodriguez.

>> we have been asking for that for three or four weeks. they would love to not be --

>> if you'll sign it --

>> if you would like me to sit and read this i'll do it right now.

>> they just sent this over to me.

>> we would love nothing more than to be able to discuss the testing history and scientific evidence and testing of alex rodriguez involving this. nothing more.

>> you made allegations on behalf of alex rodriguez against the yankees and major league baseball about their ethics. when it comes down to it this began with major league baseball questions the ethics of alex rodriguez and alex has yet to answer the most important and most basic question in this, whether he once again used performance enhancing drugs . are you prepared to answer this question this morning.

>> yes. alex admitted back in 2001 and 2002 that he had used performance enhancing drugs as a member of the texas rangers when it was not banned. he says since then he has not. i'll tell you this. this letter is nice. they could have sent it last night and i could have been prepared. i have so many things i would love to say.

>> but doesn't he owe people an answer to that question before you start pointing fingers at people in other directions.

>> no, listen matt, let me say this to you first, the reason we're sitting here today. we had this scheduled last week and we cancelled -- alex was on the field and playing well, we didn't want to try this case, so to speak, in the media, but what's going on is outrageous. it's anonymous leaks and it has to stop. they're perverting the process. we want to do this in the right tribunal, i'll tell you this alex rodriguez will have been found not responsible to the point where he shouldn't serve one inning of a suspension. i know the evidence.

>> and that's a question that puzzles people. you have 13 other players who were confronted with the exact same evidence. they all basically said give me the 50 game suspension, got me. alex rodriguez according to -- if we were to believe you looks at that evidence and says not me. i'm not a part of this. i did nothing wrong, why.

>> that's not the exact same evidence. i know the evidence against alex rodriguez . it will never stand up in a court of law or arbitration panel courtroom. the evidence was based on anthony bosch who the mlb made a deal with and offered to pay his legal fees to and not sue.

>> you said he has no credibility.

>> it's clear he has no credibility and more importantly he has no ability to testify because he is someone who has peddled drug to high school students.

>> and you know released last night by espn and by bosch 's attorney that say he retained the legal services in february 2013 . a retainer was paid via wire transfer by a representative of alex rodriguez . she accepted this payment on behalf of anthony bosch as payment for his legal representation. if this guy has no credibility why would alex rodriguez contribute to his legal defense fund .

>> there's another question that because of this clause, i'm not allowed to answer it.

>> what's the relationship between tony bosch and alex rodriguez . what is it? what was it?

>> there was a relationship but these will be at a hearing. we respect the appeals process. there's a million questions i'd love to answer. the reason we're here is to stop what's been going on. we have not released information and hid behind an anonymous source like people are doing. whoever it is doing.

>> you provided us with an mri that was taken on alex rodriguez on october 6th of last year, 2012 .

>> right.

>> you want us to take a look at that. we have just sent it to an independent doctor. what do you think is so important about that?

>> because of what happened last night, the yankees general manager went on and said there was never any indication of a left hip problem until the off season and they challenged us to release alex 's mri in that regard. have the report here and we sent it to you with visual imagines. this mri was taken on october 11th , 2012 before the detroit series. what it indicated and showed was alex rodriguez had a hole in his left hip. a torn labrum. he played in the detroit series. didn't play well. was benched. was made a scapegoat. nobody told him he had a hole in his left hip. nobody. it was until after the season was done that he went to his own doctor.

>> wouldn't the yankees have wanted to reveal the injury because they have an insurance policy on alex rodriguez .

>> yes, unless they wanted to make him a scapegoat. why understand why or the motivation behind it but the doctor did the mri and the digital imagines are in your possession. he said it didn't happen until after the off season t. general manager of this team doesn't know when his players mri was taken.

>> this war of words, this war of wills seems to be some sort of a way for alex and baseball to say we can both inflict a lot of damage in this situation. is there a number, 100 games, 80 games, that alex rodriguez would accept right now, take that suspension and make all of this go away.

>> that's a great question. i will tell you this, it's a hypothetical, first and foremost so it's hard to deal.

>> they gave him a 50 game suspension like they had given the other.

>> which if they believe would be in accordance with their own rules.

>> if i were advising him based on the evidence i would tell him not take one inning. that being said that's his decision to make if and when that question is presented.

>> it's one of the biggest stories in sports right now and you're in the middle of it as is alex . thanks for being here.

>> i appreciate it.

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