Minnesota Twins righthander Carl Pavano has been targeted in an alleged blackmail plot by a former high school classmate.
Police in Southington, Conn., executed a search warrant last week against Christian Bedard, who allegedly threatened to expose a three-year physical and emotional relationship with Pavano unless he received a navy blue Range Rover with tan leather.
According to police reports, the 36-year-old Bedard made the demands through a Facebook exchange with Pavano's sister, who filed a complaint with police in December.
Bedard on Thursday told the Meriden (Conn.) Record-Journal that he was joking about wanting the vehicle, claiming it was said in jest to Pavano's sister.
"I have been openly gay for most of my adult life," Bedard said. "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 ...