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Updated: March 29th, 2012 12:20pm
Carl Pavano has no comment on extortion threat by ex-classmate

Carl Pavano has no comment on extortion threat by ex-classmate

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins' opening day starting pitcher is currently facing a bizarre legal distraction.

According to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Record-Journal Meriden, the family of Carl Pavano informed police that a former Southington High School classmate attempted to extort money and a luxury SUV from Pavano using "fabricated, false information."

The classmate, 36-year-old Christian Bedard, also told the newspaper he and Pavano had an "emotional and physical relationship" that lasted three years, and that Bedard had a $1.2 million book deal in place to reveal the details.

Pavano declined to comment on the matter through a team spokesman on Thursday.

"I haven't talked to Carl about it, and until I do, I'm not going to be able to give you much," general manager Terry Ryan said. "The first I heard of it was on the ride up here. So I'm going to have to get some details, see what Carl says, and go from there."

Asked if the legal matter could provide a distraction for the team or Pavano, who is set to face the Baltimore Orioles on opening day next Friday, Ryan said, "Well, it affects Carl, and we'll have to see exactly what comes about here."

The complaint was filed with Southington Police in December by Pavano's sister, Michelle DeGennaro, who, according to the report, received Facebook messages from Bedard that included extortion demands.

"I'm sure they don't want any of this getting out there," Bedard told the newspaper on Monday.

Pavano last pitched on Tuesday in a minor-league game against the Orioles' Double-A team.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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