Cops: Carl Pavano Was Target Of Extortion

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say Minnesota Twins Pitcher Carl Pavano is the target of an extortion plot.

According to court documents: A high school friend of Pavano’s threatened to go public about an intimate relationship, and investigators say Christian Bedard had a bizarre demand to keep quiet.

Last week, police raided Bedard’s home in Southington, Conn., and seized a laptop and handwritten note.

Bedard and Pavano went to the same high school and were childhood friends in the small Connecticut town of Southington. In Facebook messages to Pavano’s sister, Bedard claims Pavano was his first love and that they had a three-year relationship.

According to court documents, Bedard began sending threatening messages through Facebook to Pavano’s sister, Michelle DeGennaro. The rambling messages said that Bedard was about to go public in a book about his relationship with Pavano.

A police detective said in an affidavit, that “Bedard said he had a book deal in place worth $1.2 million and that it can all go away if Pavano buys him a navy Range Rover with tan leather.”

The affidavit says that DeGennaro and her family deny Bedard’s claims. In March after police raided his house, Bedard wrote on his Facebook page.

“So the police raided my house this morning and seized my laptop and all material related to my relationship with Carl Pavano. I hope they charge me with something because I will bring it to trial,” the post reads.

Bedard has not been arrested or charged. Bedard told the Associated Press Thursday afternoon that the demand for a Range Rover was a joke.

“I did not attempt to extort money from Carl Pavano,” Bedard said. Pavano is in Fort Myers for spring training and has not commented on the plot.

The Minnesota Twins are also not commenting. Pavano is marrried and has two small children.

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  • Twins Fan

    With that mustache how could you not suspect something that like? in all seriousness, this is just another idiot trying to get famous through an athlete. ignore him and pitch well Carl.

    • jackactionhero

      That Village People mustache just plain arouses me. That strong pitching arm..The shower after the game..The Locker Room fulla nude men..Wow!

  • Pookiemarie

    Even if it ends up being true that they did have a relationship…WHO CARES! It doesn’t change the fact that he is a good baseball player. If it changes the way you see him, then you’re small minded and need to grow up.

    • PFred

      I agree!!! The fact that this story even got reported is pretty sad on ‘CCO’s part. Let things like this be instead of sensationalizing them!! Mr. Pavano doesn’t need this type of grief in his life. No one does! The small minded are the ones who make a big deal of issues like this and there are way too many small/close minded people in the world today!

      • travis

        the job of any news organization is to report anything. Don’t blame the news for covering a news story. Blame Christian Bedard for making it one.

        • Real Talk

          LOLOL….travis thinks the job of any news organization is to report anything??

          That would be what the tabloids are for son. I’m hoping you are young, sad if any adult is really that stupid.

  • James

    either they did have a hook-up (and really, who cares, do what you want as an adult) or they didn’t, the only ones who will ever know are those two, good luck trying to prove anything else, you’ll need to bust out the poloraids (sp?)

  • christine

    Sounds like a real loser. If the relationship did happen, well, high school was a long time ago and extortion is NOT the way to get back together…lol.

    Good luck this year, Carl!!!

  • travis

    I would kill to have a gay relationship with carl pavano. I’m jealous. Get em opening day carl!

  • Real Talk

    How many openly gay athletes are there in the NBA, NFL and MLB combined……ZERO last time I checked.

    So either there is a correlationg between being a pro althete and being straight or there are quite a few gay pro-athletes still hiding in the closet….sad.

  • Susan

    Why did the police feel it necessary to release this information to the media?

    They didn’t have to. No wonder most people hate and distrust them.

  • Pat

    “if Pavano buys him a navy Range Rover with tan leather.”

    Navy and Tan? Hideous!

    Neither the color scheme or the vehicle itself sounds very gay.

  • Ann

    Oh for Pete’s sake, who the heck cares? None of our business if he did or didn’t have a relationship with this creep. High school was a long time ago loser! Sounds mentally ill to me or a sociopath. Carl,, we are behind you. Have a great season!

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