Nightly News   |  July 31, 2013

A-Rod may get lifetime suspension, NBC Sports reports

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez could be suspended from baseball for life by Major League Baseball if he doesn’t reach an agreement on a less severe penalty. A-Rod, who admitted to taking steroids early in his career, is the most prominent name of those rumored to be implicated in baseball’s latest performance enhancing drug scandal. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

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>>> if you follow baseball, you know there say new crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs and the players who have used them. if you have kids, you know a lot of former royle models have fallen. there are reports tonight that alex rodriguez , a-rod, is facing an enormous penalty while trying all the while to cut a deal. we get our report tonight from nbc's ron mott.

>> reporter: tonight, nbc sports reports major league baseball will move to ban alex rodriguez for life if he doesn't reach an agreement on a penalty, this from a source familiar with the investigation into a now closed florida clinic that allegedly gave players performance-enhancing drugs. it is news that armed the embattled yankees third baseman another " sports illustrated " cover.

>> we're looking at the end of one of most astonishing talents the game has ever seen, a-rod was supposed to be the guy who was going to put the clean face back on baseball history .

>> reporter: on the field, a 300 hitter, hall of fame power and superstar looks. off the diamond, reports of marital infidelity, magazine spreads knocked for being self-centered, and then there is the money, that record $275 million deal. but he has been under a dark cloud ever since his admission four years ago about using steroids when he played for the texas rangers , this after a series of strong public denials.

>> have you ever used steroids, human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing substance?

>> no.

>> reporter: the new york daily news reports that baseball's investigation has turned up e-mails, text messages and other information showing rodriguez recruited athletes for the clinic and tried buying incriminating evidence. while he's not commenting on his latest troubles, rodriguez tells "si" he still wants to be a role model.

>> everything he's done he did to himself. every public relations decision he made, he made himself. he has put himself into this situation. everybody is closing in on him. i don't know if he can get out of that this time.

>> reporter: the 38-year-old hit 647 home runs in 19 seasons, fifth all time. now facing possible banishment from the game that made him. now, as for timing, nbc sports reports that an announcement not just about a-rod, but other players snared in this investigation could come down as soon as this friday, brian.

>> ron mott with us in the studio. ron , thanks as