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The week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, Alex Rodriguez takes over the New York Sports scene, and not for reasons we’d have hoped for. Apparently, Alex has now been linked to taking performance enhancing drugs through a Miami clinic. His name supposedly appears 16 times throughout records reviewed by the Miami New Times.
This was the last thing the Yankees needed going into the new season. You might be asking yourself…can the Yankees void his contract? What are the chances that can happen? The consensus among New York media outlets is that it would be very difficult for that to occur. The story really isn’t shocking, but it leaves you scratching your head. He already admitted to using steroids from 2001-2003…did he not learn anything from that?
Via ESPN.com News Services:
Records from an anti-aging clinic in Miami list the names of prominent baseball players — including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Gio Gonzalez — and detail performance-enhancing drugs administered to them and others, according to a report Tuesday by the Miami New Times.
The names were on records Miami New Times said were given to them by an employee who worked at Biogenesis of America before it closed last month. Miami New Times reported that the records show the firm sold performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids.
Anthony Bosch, the 49-year-old head of the clinic, was connected to Manny Ramirez when the former MLB star was suspended for 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy in 2009. Bosch has never been charged by local or federal officials.
Miami New Times said it conducted a three-month investigation before releasing its 5,400-word story online on Tuesday.
Saturday, ESPN’s Outside The Lines reported that Major League Baseball was investigating multiple wellness clinics in South Florida, as well as individuals with potential ties to players. The report said that the area from Boca Raton to Miami is “ground zero” for performance-enhancing drugs still filtering into the game.
Rodriguez, the New York Yankees slugger who ended 2012 injured and on the bench during the playoffs, has admitted to using steroids from 2001-03, but he has said he has not used PEDs since. The New Times report said that Rodriguez’s name shows up 16 times in the records it reviewed. One record, which the newspaper reported was part of Bosch’s private notebooks, indicated Rodriguez paid Bosch $3,500 for “1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.), creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet.” HGH is banned by MLB.
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