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The challenge is on.

Host Matt Lauer, in an interview Monday morning with Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer on the “Today Show,” said that Major League Baseball had sent him a letter saying it was willing to waive the confidentiality clause in the Joint Drug Agreement and release information about Rodriguez.

Lauer surprised the attorney, Joseph Tacopina, by revealing that baseball had sent him the letter overnight. He said that if Tacopina signed it, then “everyone” on both sides could talk.

“They sent us a letter saying that if you’re willing to sign this letter, that they are willing to waive the confidentiality clause in the Joint Drug and Prevention Program, that they’ll be allowed to talk about everything and you’ll be allowed to talk about everything,” Lauer said.

“They said that would include all prior violations of the program committed by Rodriguez, all documents, records, communications, text messages and instant messages related to Rodriguez’s treatment by Anthony Bosch.”

Tacopina offered to read the letter. Lauer replied that baseball had just sent it.

Tacopina then said, “Listen. We would love nothing more than to be able to discuss the testing history, the scientific evidence and the tests of Alex Rodriguez under this JDA drug program, nothing more.”

Tacopina went on the offensive later in the interview, saying that Rodriguez had an MRI last October that showed he was playing with a torn labrum in his left hip – with the Yankees’ knowledge.

To read some of the interviews, visit: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/alex-rodriguez-lawyer-confronted-on-today-show-about-ped-evidence-081913

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