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Police: Man Extorted MLB Player Carl Pavano Over Alleged 3-Year Relationship

CarlPavanoPolice in Southington, CT, searched 36-year old Christian Bedard's home after he allegedly tried to extort money and a Range Rover from Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano in exchange for his silence on an alleged gay relationship the men had in high school.

Sports Illustrated reports that Pavano's sister, Michelle DeGennaro, contacted police after Bedard hit her up on Facebook and claimed to be shopping a book about his 3-year love affair with the baseball all-star and former Yankee.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Bedard wrote to DeGannaro, "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.""

He continued, "If I'm going to drop a 1.2 million dollar book deal I want something." He also claimed to have depositions from people he told about his and Pavano's gay love, and allegedly asked for cash.

Upset over the messages, DeGannaro went to police, who launched the search.

Officers executed the search warrant at Bedard's home on March 21 and seized items, but wouldn't say what they were. Bedard said on his Facebook page that police took his laptop computer, material relating to his relationship with Pavano and the book he was writing. Bedard hasn't been charged.

The search warrant affidavit, first reported by the Record-Journal of Meriden, includes copies of several Facebook messages Bedard allegedly sent to DeGennaro. In the messages, Bedard said Pavano was his "first love" and they had a three-year relationship when they were teenagers growing up in Southington, the affidavit says.

Bedard claims he and Carl were more or less out to close friends and family. "For years, my physical high school relationship with Carl Pavano has been well-known to my close friends and family," he said in a statement. "Carl Pavano's sister, Michelle DeGennaro, contacted me on Facebook asking under what conditions would I not talk about my relationship with Carl."

The Range Rover request was "in jest," he says, and he in no way tried to extort Pavano.  "I did not attempt to extort money from Carl Pavano," Bedard said. "I have not been charged with any crime. I will allow my local police department to conclude their investigation.

"I feel a bit violated, but I hope they charge me with something, because I will bring it to trial. Finally I'll be able to tell my story and I will have my closure, which was the whole point to begin with."

Pavano had no comment.

Here, via My Journal, is a picture of Pavano and Bedard in high school:


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  1. I kind of want to believe Bedard. But that's mostly because you'd have to be dumber than a brick to extort someone over Facebook.

    Posted by: Charles Bell | Mar 29, 2012 6:48:18 PM

  2. Cool, looks like were on our way to having our first out(ed) currently-playing US major leaguer! Pavano isn't talking, he's letting his sister do that...which speaks volumes.

    Interesting how she says Bedard contacted her over FB, Bedard says she contacted him. There's definitely more to this.

    I predict that soon someone who's had a more recent, um, "relationship" with Pavano will emerge.

    Posted by: jim | Mar 29, 2012 7:31:25 PM

  3. why oh why did it have to be Pavano? Couldn't it be anyone else? The entire NY area HATES Pavano with a vengence. The comments are going to be endless (and endlessly negative) I'd have even preferred if it was some total prick like Albert Belle or Milton Bradley who was the first to come out. As a Yankee fan this isn't going to be fun.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 29, 2012 7:41:10 PM

  4. I'm more curious to find out more about "My Journal." What is it?

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Mar 29, 2012 7:45:37 PM

  5. i'm really ill at ease with this thing... forcing someone out to come out as lgbt is usually not the right thing to do. it ought to be personal decision; this is such an intimate, private matter...

    if indeed this guy was extorting a player over something that happened in freaking high school, then he deserves to bear the consequences of his actions under the law.

    and finally, i really would not be getting vindictive and all excited about some famous sports person who was forced out of their lgbt closet... kinda undercuts the entire pride thing, doesn't it?

    much better they come out of their own volition.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Mar 29, 2012 7:59:42 PM

  6. Well who knows. He could be a nut, an extortionist or maybe there's some truth in it. Deadspin has some of the correspondence between this guy & Pavano's sister, which is all a lot of ramblings. He keeps calling her a racist homophobe, but also writes about them going on a trip together in Atlantic city & him climbing up to Pavano's room. Pavano will most likely deny everything as I believe he's married with kids.

    Posted by: sara | Mar 29, 2012 8:00:36 PM

  7. I don't really believe anyone needs to write a book about their gay high school relationships with celebrities in order to "gain closure."

    There is NO reason to do so aside from personal gain.

    Posted by: AW | Mar 29, 2012 8:05:08 PM

  8. If this story is true; Bedard is scum. You don't threaten to harm someone, you say you once loved, for money.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 29, 2012 8:06:21 PM

  9. "Cool, looks like were on our way to having our first out(ed) currently-playing US major leaguer!"

    Yeah, that is so "cool." Subject a gay man trying to make his way in an intensely homophobic environment to blackmail and extortion over his sexuality. And seeing his career and life destroyed by it will go a long way towards encouraging young gay athletes to come out, won't it?

    How ironic is it that the same tactics that were used by McCarthyites in the 1950's to destroy the lives of gay men are now cheered on by twisted gay activists.......but not really surprising since both groups were/are principally motivated by their hatred of gay men who have succeeded in any field despite all odds.

    Unbelievably pathetic response.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 29, 2012 8:11:01 PM

  10. daftpunkydavid:

    Calm down.

    The central issue isn't the, "outing," it's the extortion.

    This dude broke the law...allegedly, whether Pavano is gay or not.

    We don't even know if the allegations that Pavano was in an actual affair with Bedard are true.

    Posted by: M | Mar 29, 2012 8:11:41 PM

  11. Way to overreact to a comment Rick. I doubt very much that being gay in any way affects your pitching arm so I don't see his career spiraling over it, whether it's true or untrue.

    This is not some Mccarthyism, just some guy obsessing over his high school romance, whether it just exists in his head or it happened in real life. Bedard has issues --dui's etc per the report. I've read & the police says an arrest is not imminent although they're still investigating. So at this point everything is alleged.

    Posted by: sara | Mar 29, 2012 8:20:41 PM

  12. "I doubt very much that being gay in any way affects your pitching arm so I don't see his career spiraling over it, whether it's true or untrue."

    That is because you are a woman and therefore know nothing about male sports culture.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 29, 2012 8:28:12 PM

  13. OK I'll be the shallow one to say it: they were both HOT in high school! Would've loved to see them going at it back then!

    Posted by: Jase | Mar 29, 2012 8:33:44 PM

  14. No would he be offered $1.2 million dollars.

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Mar 29, 2012 8:34:51 PM

  15. I meant: No way would he be offered $1.2 million.

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Mar 29, 2012 8:36:44 PM

  16. It's BS and it's wrong! Having said that I did have a couple of BF's in HS that have money and wifes now. And I do need some new tires.....oh well, It's BS and wrong.

    Posted by: Allen | Mar 29, 2012 8:41:00 PM

  17. Rick funny. I cannot take you seriously on your women issues. I have a feeling if I saw you & said boo, you'd go cower in a corner.

    I watch baseball and the gay to not able to pitch correlation exists only in your head. There's no current openly gay mlb player so it's hard to predict reactions. MLB has suspended staff like the Braves pitching coach for homophobic slurs. MLB teams have participated in the IT's get better video. The world is changing & the sports world will have to catch up with the rest of everyone sooner or later. All it'll take is the first person who 'voluntarily' outs themselves.

    It will be interesting to see how this extortion story develops.

    Posted by: sara | Mar 29, 2012 8:46:22 PM

  18. Bedard and Pavano might have been "boyfriends" in high school but extortion is just sleazy- I would much rather have a proud gay MLB player come out ( are you listening David Wright? )than this sorry mess

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 29, 2012 9:18:07 PM

  19. He's got a great pornstache...hubba hubba!

    Posted by: redball | Mar 29, 2012 9:51:36 PM

  20. As they say, people come out of the woodwork on FB. It's really kind of pathetic for this guy to be claiming his moment of fame for a supposed highschool affair. Who the hell want to be held accountable for stuff you did at that age? Hogwash.

    Posted by: Notkony | Mar 29, 2012 9:55:51 PM

  21. potentially bi.

    but please let this be true because Pavano sizzles and I'd totally hit it.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Mar 29, 2012 10:09:55 PM

  22. I don't think there was an extortion attempt. The media is spinning it as an extortion attempt. If you read the article carefully, the family of Pavano seems more concerned about the fact that someone is accusing Pavano of - shock, horror - having a same-sex relationship.

    There appears to be a homophobia in how the media is covering this and in the way Pavano's family is reacting. With a family like that, I think I'd be hiding it from them.

    Posted by: bruce | Mar 29, 2012 10:19:20 PM

  23. Extortion would suck, but I agree with Bruce there's some ambiguity about what really went on here.
    Makes this mildly ironic:

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Mar 29, 2012 10:39:41 PM

  24. The media often gets stories wrong. If she contacted him & asked what it would take to make the story go away, & he gives his response, in jest as he says, then it'll be difficult to prove extortion. You'd think if he was going to extort from anyone it would be Carl Pavano , the one with the money & not his sister. I bet Pavano is not thanking his sister for making this a public story.

    Carl Pavano's response has been no comment on the advice of his lawyer.

    Posted by: sara | Mar 29, 2012 10:41:32 PM

  25. If I were to bet a lunch at Applebees, my money is on Bedard being a Bunny Boiler. He could also be delusional and it never happened or perhaps it did, but the Facebook contact is creepy at best, extortion at worst.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Mar 29, 2012 10:46:08 PM

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