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The matter regardingÂ Alex Rodriguez’s cousin being at theÂ New York Yankees’ team hotel has been resolved, Major League Baseball said Thursday.
“Our position is, we told the Yankees, they agreed, that [Yuri Sucart] should not be allowed in any non-public areas; clubhouses, any team charters, buses. And it’s our understanding that that prohibition has been respected,” MLB executive vice president of player relations Rob Manfred told ESPN.com.
“We’ve talked to the Yankees and they’ve assured us the prohibition has been respected.”
The New York Daily News, citing a source, said that Rodriguez’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, was spotted at the Yankees team hotel in San Francisco this week and has been a constant presence on the road, dating back to last year.
Sucart was banned from having contact with the team by the Yankees in coordination with MLB. The team and the league work together to make sure that Sucart does not gain access to restricted areas.
“All we can do is control his access to areas that [MLB] or the team control. We will stay in touch with the Yankees to make sure that prohibition is being respected. A hotel lobby is a public place; there is nothing we can do.”
When asked if the matter was considered closed, Manfred said: “It’s never closed, obviously we have an ongoing ban in place. In terms of this instance, we’re satisfied that the prohibition was respected.”
Asked about the issue of the perception of Rodriguez’s cousin being seen in the team’s hotel, and whether that is something MLB can render a judgment on, Manfred said he couldn’t answer that question.
“He’s banned from areas we can control. Beyond that, it’s kind of silly to have a position on things you can’t control,” he said.
WRITTEN BY Senior writer Amy K. Nelson covers Major League Baseball for ESPN.com. ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand contributed to this report & FULL STORY HERE