BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Carl Pavano has been targeted by an extortion plot involving a former high school classmate, his family told the Record-Journal of Meriden.
Pavano's family told police that Christian Bedard, 36, of Southington, Conn., tried to extort money and a luxury SUV from Pavano by threatening to publicly reveal a three-year "emotional and physical relationship" the two had while attending Southington High School.
Southington police seized a laptop and journal from Bedard's home last week but have not charged him. Pavano's sister told the newspaper that Bedard's claims are false.
Through a team spokesperson, Pavano declined to comment, because it's an ongoing legal matter.
General manager Terry Ryan said that he was told of the issue during the bus ride from Fort Myers to Bradenton but didn't want to comment further.
"I haven't talked to Carl about it, and until I do, I'm not going to be able to give you much," Ryan said. "So I'm going to have to get some details, see what Carl says and go from there. It affects Carl, and we'll have to see exactly what comes about here. I don't know enough about it. I haven't talked to him yet. I suspect I'll have more [on Friday]."
Manager Ron Gardenhire, who heard about the issue while playing catch before Thursday's game against the Pirates, has not talked to Pavano either.
"It's really unfair for me to say anything until I talk to Carl and see whatever his take is on the whole thing," Gardenhire said. "I would imagine he's in the same situation as all of us. He can't do anything about it. Other people are going to take care of it. We'll see. I've got to talk to him before I talk to anybody about that."
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