Alex Rodriguez's lawyer ambushed by Matt Lauer on the 'Today Show'

Jared Wickerham

Rodriguez's attorney stumbled after Lauer presented him with a letter from MLB.

Alex Rodriguez's new lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, was caught off guard and ambushed by Matt Lauer on the "Today Show" Monday morning.

The attorney talked with Lauer about how Rodriguez's camp would love to discuss the specifics of the Biogenesis case, but they are prohibited from doing so by the confidentiality provisions in the Joint Drug Agreement. Lauer then presented a letter to Tacopina, telling him:

"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.  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 stumbled after being presented the document, offering to read the letter to Laeur before responding with:

"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 made headlines Saturday when he accused the Yankees of hiding MRI results from Rodriguez during the 2012 playoffs. He is also representing Rodriguez in his appeal of a 211-game suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis.

Update 3:23 pm: A-Rod's lawyer deemed this incident to be a "publicity stunt" per ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand, so it doesn't sound like they plan on sitting quietly for even a moment after being shamed on television.

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