Alex Rodriguez has long-been a villain to many sports fans across the country. His well-publicized admittance to steroid use, coupled with his new suspension for 211 games imposed by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s policy on performing enhancing drugs would have been enough to give him that status, but now the saga has a new twist — again.
According to a report from The New York Times, via Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, Rodriguez tested positive for stimulants in 2006.
Here is an excerpt from the Post report:
The New York Times reported Rodriguez, who has admitted previously to using illegal performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 through 2003 and denied using them since, tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, his third season with the Yankees. Rodriguez didn’t face discipline because a player must test positive for stimulants twice before his name becomes public.
MLB’s chief operating officer Rob Manfred commented earlier in the week about A-Rod and his current lawsuit against the league alleging “several instances of misconduct as the league worked to suspend (A-Rod) for 211 games for violating the join drug agreement and the collective bargaining agreement”.
“This latest, sad chapter in Mr. Rodriguez’s tarnished career is yet another example of this player trying to avoid taking responsibility for his poor choices,” Manfred said, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. “Given the disappointing acts that Mr. Rodriguez has repeatedly made throughout his career, his expressed concern for young people rings very hollow. Mr. Rodriguez’s use of PEDs was longer and more pervasive than any other player, and when this process is complete, the facts will prove it is Mr. Rodriguez and his representatives who have engaged in ongoing, gross misconduct.”
Although A-Rod had admitted to using PEDs from 2001 to 2003, but denied using performance enhancing drugs after that time, this new report would seemingly dispel any notion A-Rod may have had about suing the league alleging he was indeed “clean” after that time. It certainly won’t help his case, to say the least, and certainly not in the court of public opinion.
The saga continues…