BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Baseball superstar, Alex Rodriguez, is expected to be in westernNew York on Friday to face a tough opponent: federal agents.
This stems from an investigation of a Toronto-based doctor andwhat, if any, relationship the doctor had with professionalathletes, including the baseball great known as "A-Rod." Yankeesslugger Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with federalinvestigators in Buffalo.
News 4 legal analyst Frank Clark said, "Number one, they'll tellhim he's not a target of the investigation."
Toronto-based doctor Anthony Galea has already told theAssociated Press that he treated Rodriguez for an inflamed hip lastyear. Agents here in the Buffalo area are investigating whetherGalea supplied performance enhancing drugs to various professionalathletes.
"They want to know whether this guy is providing him, and otherathletes, if Rodriguez knows, with performance enhancing drugs. Andwhether he's bringing those drugs from Canada into the UnitedStates," said Clark.
News 4 has learned that Buffalo attorney Patrick Brown willserve as local counsel to Rodriguez during the interview. At thispoint, FBI officials are saying nothing about when and whereRodriguez will meet with agents.
Buffalo FBI Special Agent in Charge James Robertson said, "Can'tcomment on an ongoing investigation."
Galea, who's facing charges in Canada, popped up on the lawenforcement radar screen last year when his assistant, Mary AnneCatalano, was stopped at the peace bridge with HGH, an unapproveddrug, according to court documents. Clark says Rodriguez will needto be careful about what he says to federal agents.
"He's got to tell them the truth. Even though they're not goingto prosecute him, you gotta tell them the truth, and he may be finewith the Feds, but if he has the wrong answers to give, he may bein trouble with Major League Baseball," said Clark.
What isn't known right now is whether the interview will takeplace at the FBI building downtown or an off-site location.Rodriguez has declined to discuss the investigation or hisrelationship with the Toronto doctor.
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