Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez denies steroid use 18


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A detailed report published Tuesday morning by the Miami New Times accused Alex Rodriguez of using HGH from at least 2009 through last season, but A-Rod is denying it.

Via Joel Sherman of the NY Post (links: 1, 2, 3, 4):

“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate.”

Do you buy it? I won’t totally hang him until MLB and the DEA conclude their investigation. But I never believed him in 2009 when he said his PED use was limited to just 2001-03 when he was with the Rangers. Sorry, but his story just changed too much every time he told it. So my gut instinct is not to believe him now. We’ll see.

It sounds like the Yankees feel the way I do and want to wait and see how this investigation is concluded. In their brief statement they seemingly had no support of Alex Rodriguez at all.

Here’s the statement from the Yankees:

“We fully support the Commissioner’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. This matter is now in the hands of the Commissioner’s Office. We will have no further comment until that investigation has concluded.”

No love at all. Ouch.

Based on various reports, MLB was investigating a Miami clinic run by Anthony Bosch. They got to a point where they couldn’t get any more information without warrants so they brought in the DEA to help them investigate. That’s where we are now as documents from the clinic were linked to the Miami New Times.

Are these documents true? They’re probably trying to find more evidence to confirm that, but it certainly rings true with a total of four previously outed PED users among the list of seven major leaguers.

A-Rod could potentially be suspended by the league for his involvement. In that case he would not miss any extra time as he’ll be out at least 50 games following his second hip surgery. He would lose a substantial amount of money though (probably about a 1/3rd of the $28 million he’s owed).

The Yankees could also try to void his contract. This seems unlikely to be successful though just because so many players have tested positive and not a single player has had his contract voided yet. They have previously tried to void the contract of Jason Giambi and got no where. That doesn’t mean they won’t try though.


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18 thoughts on “Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez denies steroid use

  • Mike

    So let's ask ourselves why anyone or any organization would deliberately falsify evidence against Arod or any other player for that matter? The players (or athletes) are proven liars over the course of time, just like Lance, Roger, Barry, and others. Certainly, the Yankee front office knows this and is now trying to disassociate themselves with Arod. I would imagine Arod has used, most , if not all of his career.

  • John

    Canseco said he was juicing since he met AFraud when AFraud was in High School.
    I hope he goes away like Albert Belle.

  • kay

    A-Rod's statement says he was not Bosch's patient and was never treated or advised by him. But did he or anyone on his behalf (Sucart?) buy PED's from Bosch or his clinic? The statement doesn't address this aspect.

  • Tanned Tom

    Who knows what legal recourses the team has, but it's possible that the only way to clean up the game is for one team to finally pick a fight with one player. The Yankees could announce they aren't going to honor this contract (after there's better evidence he juiced), put that money in escrow in case they are forced to pay it, and then ban A-Fraud from the clubhouse. Even if they have to pay him, they don't have to play him. This might be the leverage they need to arrange a buyout of the contract and finally be rid of him. This would have two advantages. First this narcissistic distraction would be gone. Second, if handled properly, it's just possible that any buyout would count towards the 2013 salary cap only, freeing up space for 2014. It's worth exploring.

  • Jonesy

    You people are probably the same ones who cheered for A-Rod when he was crushing the ball and playing great defense. So quick to condemn with no hard evidence. Did he forget it was management who gave him that contract.

  • Ron Tamoschat

    Let's not confuse HGH with steroids as almost everyone is doing. HGH , while it is banned unless prescribed by a Dr. for a legitimate purpose , is not necessarily a performance enhancing drug. It depends on the user. It does promote faster healing and retards the aging process. I don't see why someone should be prevented from healing at a faster rate. What puzzles me is why A-Rod did not get a legitimate Dr. to apply for an exemption from Major League Baseball , which is possible , but rather took the illegal road with some sleazy strip-mall purveyor and run the risk of being caught. Ron Tamoschat.

  • Mike

    Never said to dispense with due process. Lord knows in this politically correct society he will not be denied his rights. Just saying that one cannot believe their denials anymore, and that the evidence probably has substance.

  • Tanned Tom

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/alex-rodriguez

    Rosenthal makes an interesting argument, that A-Fraud could collect his salary if deemed unable to perform for medical reasons. LOVE IT!

    My question: would his salary be removed from luxury cap considerations? perhaps Greg or Rob know the answer to this. Seems to be a key point.

    I'd be very surprised if he takes a medical retirement though.

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