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.
“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.