Friday, March 30, 2012
Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano was the target of extortion by a man who claimed he had a relationship with the pitcher when the men were in high school.
Police in Pavano’s hometown of Southington, CT about 18 miles southwest of Hartford, said in the affidavit that they began investigating the allegations after Pavano’s sister, Michelle DeGennaro, complained in December that she had received several troublesome Facebook messages from Pavano’s high school classmate, Christian Bedard. DeGennaro told police Bedard — who is gay, invented the story about having a relationship with her brother in an attempt to extort her family.
According to police, Bedard allegedly wrote to DeGennaro:
“I have serious juicy book offers … to the point that the only way your brother is getting out of this … is with a heartfelt apology and a navy range rover with tan leather. If I’m going to drop a 1.2 million dollar book deal I want something. That is my best offer an apology and a land rover and I’ll kill the project.”
Pavano has been with the Twins since 2009, after a season with Cleveland and three with the Yankees. He is scheduled to start opening day on April 6 in Baltimore.