Hanley Ramirez not under federal investigation, calls reporting ‘reckless’

Hanley Ramirez not under federal investigation, calls reporting ‘reckless’



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The agent of former Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez called out the “reckless” reporting of his client’s alleged link to a drug bust in Massachusetts. 

Boston-based reporter Michele McPhee said on Twitter on Friday that Ramirez was “being eyed” in an ongoing investigation by state and federal authorities. She said in a radio interview that the investigation was related to the seizure of several grams of fentanyl and crack in Lawrence, Mass.

Ramirez, however, was never a target of the investigation, two people with knowledge of the investigation told USA TODAY Sports over the weekend. They requested anonymity because the cases against the individuals accused of trafficking the drugs remain open. 

“The reporting on Hanley’s involvement in this matter was reckless and irresponsible. It’s unfortunate that one careless, inaccurate story can generate such widespread negative and damaging coverage,” Adam Katz, Ramirez’s agent, told USA TODAY Sports. “Hanley is pleased to be absolved from wrongdoing and having any involvement in this matter.”

Ramirez took to Twitter on Sunday night and wrote he was “grateful to those of you who resisted spreading the reckless, misleading reports.”

A man apprehended by authorities in April on suspicion of trafficking drugs into Massachusetts mentioned Ramirez in attempt to avoid arrest, The Boston Globe reported on Sunday. The suspect told a Massachusetts state trooper that he was on his way to deliver a box to Ramirez’s mother, one that was delivered to him in New York.

The trooper talked to Ramirez, who the suspect called via FaceTime, and Ramirez gave consent to search the box, which contained a gift back with two kilograms of fentanyl. 

The suspect immediately told police Ramirez “was not involved at all, and that the box wasn’t for him,” according to The Boston Globe

Ramirez, a free agent, was set to make $22,750,000 this season as part of a four-year deal through 2018.

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