The cousin who Alex Rodriguez claims repeatedly injected him with a substance from the Dominican Republic has been found living in Miami, according to a published report.
Carmen Sucart told ESPN late Wednesday that her husband, Yuri Sucart, was the cousin who Rodriguez referred to during a news conference a day earlier in which the Yankees slugger tried to explain a 2003 positive drug test.
Rodriguez said during the news conference that he'd "rather not get into who my cousin is. I'm here to stand front and center and take the blame, because I am responsible for this. He basically took an instruction from me and felt he was doing something that was going to be helpful, not hurtful."
Carmen Sucart told an ESPN producer on the phone that "her husband had nothing to say."
"What A-Rod said at the press conference is what happened and that is all," she said. "And if you want to talk to my husband, why don't you talk to his lawyer?"
Sucart declined to give the name of her husband's lawyer.
Rodriguez said at the Yankees' spring training home in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday that his cousin persuaded him to use "boli" — a substance Rodriguez said the cousin obtained without a prescription and without consulting doctors.
The Yankees star said the cousin told him it would give him a "dramatic energy boost" and repeatedly injected him from 2001-03.
"I'm not sure what the benefit was,"' Rodriguez said. "When you take any substance or anything, especially in baseball, it's half mental and half physical. ... I certainly felt more energy, but it's hard to say, hard to say."
The three-time AL MVP spoke 10 days after Sports Illustrated reported his name was on a list of 104 players who tested positive during baseball's anonymous drug survey. The substances were Primobolan and testosterone, SI reported.
Rodriguez first admitted to using banned substances in an ESPN interview last week.