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Fred Grimm: In 60 Minutes’ Anthony Bosch interview, sensation trumps tough questions

 

fgrimm@MiamiHerald.com

The apparent criminal behavior of doping doc Anthony Bosch was shrugged off by 60 Minutes. Sleazy tactics of Major League Baseball got hardly a mention.

Actual crimes became less important than presenting a case that Yankees star player Alex Rodriguez broke MLB’s rules against performance-enhancing drugs. Even if that case hinged on the likes of Bosch, who ran a criminal enterprise in Coral Gables dispensing illegal concoctions of performance-enhancing drugs.

In the CBS broadcast Sunday evening, Bosch described injecting Rodriguez with an amalgamation of testosterone, insulin, human growth hormone and peptides. “Alex is scared of needles. So, at times, he would ask me to inject him.”

Sensational stuff, incriminating a star player who had never failed MLB’s drug tests. Bosch’s testimony had been crucial in zapping Rodriguez with a 162-game suspension, costing him $25 million in lost pay.

But 60 Minutes reporter Scott Pelley didn’t broach allegations that the unlicensed would-be doctor Bosch was also doping local cops and high school athletes. Porter Fischer, the disgruntled former employee and investor in Biogenesis who filched the incriminating clinical records at the heart of the case against A-Rod and 19 other MLB baseball players, told the Miami Herald last summer that Bosch had similarly corrupted young athletes from Gulliver, Columbus, St. Brendan, South Miami and other South Florida high schools.

It says something about our celebrity-obsessed culture, and maybe modern morality, that 60 Minutes would feign outrage over a famous professional baseball player taking performance-enhancing drugs while ignoring allegations that the program’s star witness against A-Rod was juicing kids.

Nor did Pelley push Major League Baseball lawyer Rob Manfred about how MLB’s investigators had obtained crucial Biogenesis records that had been stolen from Porter Fischer’s car just a week before. The investigator paid an ex-con named Gary Jones $25,000 for the four boxes of stolen documents last April. Trafficking in stolen material is a crime in Florida. New York magazine reported in December that MLB investigators knew before the transaction that the records had been stolen. Pelley might have asked.

Nor did he did delve much into Bosch’s cozy relationship with MLB, which has supplied the pretend doc with lawyers, bodyguards and a public-relations spokesman.

So, MLB, determined to nail A-Rod, has embraced Bosch as a credible witness. Except anyone who believes the grandiose claims uttered by Bosch on 60 Minutes must also believe that MLB’s tests for PEDs are an utter sham. Bosch said his clients in Major League Baseball had been beating the tests for years. “If you had the knowledge that I had, the experience that I had, and you know the truth about the testing and the flaws, it was almost a cake walk, actually.”

Nor did 60 Minutes ask why the allegations of criminal activities down at Biogenesis have so far gone unremarked by the Coral Gables police or the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office.

So many unanswered questions. But real crimes pale against the ratings boost of superstar misbehavior. After all, A-Rod once dated Madonna.

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