Carl Pavano was threatened with revelations that he supposedly had a gay relationship. A high school classmate of the Minnesota Twins pitcher threatened to expose the relationship if Pavano did not apologize to the man and buy him a navy Range Rover SUV, according to an affidavit filed by police in Connecticut. Pavano’s hometown of Southington is about 18 miles south of Hartford. The police began their investigation after Pavano’s sister Michelle DeGennaro complained that she had gotten several troublesome Facebook messages from one Christian Bedard. She told the police that Bedard was making up false stories.
Officers executed the search warrant at Bedard’s home on 21 March and seized a number of items, but they have not said what they took.
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. I’m going to drop a 1.2 million dollar book deal I want something.
Bedard also wrote “That is my best offer an apology and a land rover and I’ll kill the project.”
Bedard is a 36-year-old real estate agent. He later took back his offer to DeGennaro saying “I’m up to 5 depositions of friends who I trusted with the secret of carl and I’s relationship. Then I called my attorney … the book is the best deal.” DeGennaro informed police that Bedard “also demanded that Pavano pay a substantial amount of money to him or he would reveal personal information about Pavano to the media. DeGennaro didn’t return messages left by The Associated Press on Thursday.”
Pavano has not commented on this thing. Bedard has said in a statement that “I have been openly gay for most of my adult life. For years, my physical high school relationship with Carl Pavano has been well-known to my close friends and family. Carl Pavano’s sister, Michelle DeGennaro, contacted me on Facebook asking under what conditions would I not talk about my relationship with Carl.”
Bedard has also said that he responded to DeGennaro wanting an apology, and stated his comments about wanting a Range Rover were a joke. Bedard has said “I did not attempt to extort money from Carl Pavano. I have not been charged with any crime. I will allow my local police department to conclude their investigation and I will have no further comment.”