The arrest of a man associated with the Biogenesis Anti-Aging clinic may prove that Alex Rodriguez was, at least in part, right in his assertion that Major League Baseball was out to get him. In the months since the Biogenesis scandal first came to light, when a Florida newspaper printed an article linking the clinic to a roster of MLB stars, and backed up the allegations with proof from a former Biogenesis employee, Rodriguez has stated again and again that he has been unfairly targeted by Major League Baseball. Judging by the behavior the baseball superstar has exhibited in those months, from flinging accusations to storming out of hearings, it was easy to assume that his accusations were the rantings of an entitled star or a guilty conscience. This arrest may give some credence to the New York Yankee third baseman’s statements against Commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB higher-ups who authorized the purchase of documents they may have known were stolen.
On Friday, police in Boca Raton, Florida, arrested Reginald St. Fleur, a tanning salon worker. How is this arrest related to one of baseball’s biggest scandals? Like everything else associated with the Biogenesis scandal, there’s more here than meets the eye. St. Fleur was arrested for stealing documents associated with the Biogenesis clinic. These are the same documents that Porter Fischer, a former employee of Biogenesis, got from the clinic and shared with a South Florida newspaper. la Fleur knew Fischer, and he also knew Gary Jones, another man associated with the Biogenesis mess. Jones was the man who sold the documents to Major League Baseball.
If this sounds strange, wait . . . it gets worse! Apparently St. Fleur, a 20 year old employee of Boca Tanning, broke into a tanning client’s car and stole file boxes filled with documents associated with the Biogenesis clinic. The car St. Fleur broke into was that of none other than Porter Fischer, the former Biogenesis employee who was also a client of the tanning salon and had, in fact, known St. Fluer for several years. And, more than that, Porter Fischer has stated that he firmly believes that the break in was targeted to him, and that someone who knew he had the documents was behind the theft.
The documents in question are at the moment unaccounted for according to authorities, but they have had an interesting year so far. In January, the documents were provided to a Miami New Times reporter by Porter Fischer, resulting in the article that broke the performance-enhancing drug scandal wide open. March 25 was the date that Reginald St. Fleur stole the documents. Somehow, they ended up in the hands of Gary Jones, who reportedly sold them to Major League Baseball as it built its case against the players involved in receiving illegal drugs from the Biogenesis clinic. MLB stated previously that they purchased documents in their investigation into Biogenesis. Now they are being accused of knowingly purchasing stolen documents, a notion they have vehemently denied.
As the drama of the case died down and the sport of baseball moved into the off season, it seemed as if we knew all that there was to know about the Biogenesis scandal, but now with this arrest and subsequent information coming to light, it seems there are more pieces to the puzzle. Did MLB know the papers were stolen? Was Fischer targeted because someone followed him and knew he had the information? And, lastly, did the MLB target Alex Rodriguez, as he has claimed all along? Stay tuned, for it’s likely there’s a lot more to this story than anyone thought.