The Drug Enforcement Administration maintains recently reinstated New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted to performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in January.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) maintains Alex Rodriguez confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) last January.
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Rodriguez admitted to purchasing $12,000 worth of PEDs from Biogenesis of America over a two-year period, per a Nov. 5 update from The Miami Herald's Jay Weaver:
"For 21 tumultuous months, New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez has defiantly maintained he never used banned substances from a Coral Gables anti-aging clinic, that he was the victim of a 'witch hunt,' that his suspension from baseball was unjust and that he would fight to the end to clear his name.
"But in a Weston conference room back in January, facing federal drug agents and prosecutors who made him swear an oath to tell the truth, baseball's highest-paid player admitted everything:
"Yes, he bought performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America, paying roughly $12,000 a month over about two years to fake doctor Anthony Bosch. Yes, the Biogenesis owner gave him pre-filled syringes for hormone injections into his stomach, and even drew blood from him in the men's room of a South Beach nightclub. And yes, Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, was his steriod go-fer.
"In exchange for coming clean behind closed doors, Rodriguez got immunity from prosecution.
"Publicly, however, he never veered from his I-am-innocent narrative.
"Less than three weeks before his date with the prosecutors and the Drug Enforcement Administration, an arbitrator reduced his Major Baseball suspension from 211 to 162 games. Rodriguez indignantly declared: 'I have been clear that I did not use performance-enhancing substances...and in order to prove it, I will take this fight to federal court.'
"Joseph Tacopina, the attorney who represented Rodriguez at the meeting with prosecutors and the DEA, declined to comment on his client's about-face, citing the need to maintain grand jury secrecy.
"The Miami Herald reviewed a a 15-page synopsis of Rodriguez's meeting with the feds, which took place Jan. 29.
"It is his never-before revealed confession.
"According to the DEA's 'report of investigation,' Rodriguez used substances prohibited by Major League Baseball from late 2010 to October 2012. He admitted giving testosterone cream, lozenges laced with testosterone (aka 'gummies') and human growth hormone injections.
"'Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery,' the report stated.
"It also noted that Bosch, who pretended to be a doctor even though he wasn't one, 'injected Rodriguez in the buttocks with a red liquid substance.' He told Rodriguez the liquid was 'vitamins, not testosterone.'
"In total, the report said, Bosch injected Rodriguez with the 'vitamin cocktails' five to 10 times.
"Rodriguez also described how Bosch gave the ballplayer 'tips on how to beat MLB's drug testing,' the DEA report said.
"The secret? According to Rodriguez, 'Bosch advised him to only use mid-stream urine for MLB drug testing. Bosch told Rodriguez not to use the beginning or the end urine stream.
"It worked. During the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, Rodriguez was called to take a drug test. He passed. The Yankees were swept in the series."
Rodriguez's admission shouldn't be the least big shocking, writes ESPN's Wallace Matthews:
"To anyone with an ounce of common sense or logic, it should come as no surprise that Alex Rodriguez has 'admitted' to using PEDs -- albeit under oath to a DEA investigator, not a reporter armed only with a tape recorder -- because is there any adult who has followed his case who thought for a single minute that he hadn't?
"And besides, an 'admission' of PED use by A-Rod is nothing new -- we've heard it all before, back in 2009, complete with mock tears and the infamous 38-second pause to collect himself, after Sports Illustrated got the goods on him.
"So the report in The Miami Herald, citing a DEA investigation report, is not 'news' in and of itself. A-Rod did steroids? Shocking. Have you heard about the Lindbergh baby?
"What is a surprise is that after nearly two years of denials, stalling tactics, obfuscation and the spending of vast sums of money on lawyers, cousins and other unsavory characters trying to cobble together some kind of defense -- it always seemed as if A-Rod was not so much denying the allegations as attacking the methods employed by his accusers in Major League Baseball, a tried and true method of escaping punishment. Now, at long last, A-Rod seems to be resigned to trying the one tactic that has been shown to work for players attempting to resume their careers: Telling the truth.
"...The revelation that Alex Rodriguez, at long last, told the truth accomplishes several goals: It provides closure to the Biogenesis chapter of his career -- OK, we all know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he did it -- and it pretty much renders pointless what was expected to be a gala event under the tent at George M. Steinbrenner Field in February, when those bloodthirsty media hordes would press him for the latest version of truth about Anthony Bosch.
"He's taken the bat out of our hands, and really, he's done himself no further damage in the eyes of anyone because, as I mentioned earlier, we all pretty much knew he did it anyway, didn't we?"
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