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A-Rod in 2009: “I stopped taking it in ’03 and haven’t taken it since”

Jan 29, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

Just a reminder, as the info from the Miami New Times report sinks in, what Alex Rodriguez had to say at his 2009 press conference after he was revealed to have tested positive for PEDs during baseball’s pilot testing program:

“Going back to 2001, my cousin started telling me about a substance that you could purchased over the counter in the DR [Dominican Republic]. In the streets, it’s known as ‘boli’ or ‘bole.’ It was his understanding that it would give me a dramatic energy boost and [was] otherwise harmless. My cousin and I, one more ignorant than the other, decided it was a good idea to start taking it … I stopped taking it in ’03 and haven’t taken it since.”

The entire transcript of that press conference can be read here.

When we talk about Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, we’re talking about players who allegedly (but far from conclusively) lied about their PED use which, based on the best evidence available, took place prior to MLBs institution of testing and enforcement for banned substances.

With A-Rod, we have a player who, unless the records in this new report were fabricated, clearly lied about his drug use and continued to take banned drugs long after MLB’s testing and real enforcement of its drug policies began.  To the extent judgments are to be passed on these respective players’ acts now and in the future, I think this distinction is pretty significant.

  1. acdc363 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    LOL slow offseason I see

    • chill1184 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM


  2. xavier46 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Ban A-Rod and reinstate Pete Rose!

    • badintent - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      But no Man/She girlfiriend for Pete !

  3. largebill - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    All this long (long, long, long, long) story really does is confirm what those of us with a clue already realize – we know nothing! Players are very competitive and will take vitamins, supplements, various other substances to improve their physical abilities. They will take as large a lead off base as the pitcher will allow. Find a way to test for one substance they will seek out a less detectable substance. I’ve reached the point where I think league should throw up their hands and quit worrying about drugs. The Commissioner is not in law enforcement. Just have every player sign a release saying they understand they are responsible for any future physical damage from PED’s. The only way to level the playing field is to allow PED’s since they can never completely do away with them.

    • paperlions - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      I think this statement “Players are very competitive and will take vitamins, supplements, various other substances to improve their physical abilities.” should read:

      “Players are very competitive and will take vitamins, supplements, various other substances that shady faux authorities claim will improve their physical abilities.” This isn’t any different that all the other snake oil being peddled that people buy because they want to believe there is a quick and easy way to stay younger looking, be smarter, lose weight, or whatever. Most of the crap that athlete are taking have no effect on healthy adults (yes, actual anabolic steroids do have an effect, HGH doesn’t except when combined with steroid use, and even then it seems that nearly the entire effect (or all of it) is due to the steroids along and not the HGH). People want to believe things, and that desire makes them more gullible.

      • largebill - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Concur. We can’t say how much if any benefit players get from these substances. However, we can say with some confidence that the league will never catch every user and writers and fans will wrongly conclude that they have some clue what percentage of players used. We know nothing and it is foolish to “punish” Bonds, Clemens, Piazza, Bagwell, etc for a mistaken belief they were doing something not done by majority of their competition. I say assume everyone is doing all they can to do their best and compare them based on actual results on the field.

  4. darthicarus - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Perhaps Mr. Rodriguez just misremembered his last purchase.

    • skeleteeth - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Nah. He’s just an arrogant, ignorant liar that’s too stupid to get away with anything and not spectacularly unique in that accomplishment apparently.

      • badintent - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        Yeah, Yankee Nation is fed up or PED up with this clown. Cut him loose, he can short sell his $27 million dollar Trump condo to Vin Diesel( He got jack up in the last Fast movie to hold his own with the Rock )

  5. historiophiliac - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Oh, Lord. There’s gonna be another press conference I have to mute. I can’t stand to hear him talk.

  6. sfm073 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Why is hgh banned? People all around the world use it to help heal from injuries.

  7. drewsylvania - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I understand what you’re saying, Craig, but A-Rod’s presser was in 2009. This new evidence is from 2012. So, saying that A-Rod’s lying is a stretch–and kind of an ugly narrative started.

    • IdahoMariner - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      and as i read it, it says the entries start in 2009…. so, possibly starting after the statement.
      not to excuse a-rod, but just to say that, yes, there is a distinction, and nope, he may not have been lying. that time.

      • IdahoMariner - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        went back and looked at the actual logs they have posted. one they say is dated 2009 has a feb 14 date with a-rod, and a feb 28 date with a- rod and the cousin.
        a-rod’s statements were made on feb 9 … at best, he was telling the truth that day, but 5 days later decided to start up again, figuring he was off the hook for another few years? more likely, already had his appointment set up for the 14th, so telling the truth on the 9th, hoping no one asks again after the 14th. and even more likely, had been using all along and was lying…but we only have evidence that he was using peds starting on the 14th.

        although, given a-rod’s past performance, i could totally see him staying clean for a bit, telling the truth, then figuring he might as well start up again and take his chances, since getting caught wasn’t as bad as he thought.

  8. silversun60 - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    He bought them… but he swore to his parents he was just holding them for a friend.

  9. simon94022 - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    When the Ballco stuff first came out, a lot of people expressed the hope that Bonds’ HR record would soon be erased by A-Rod, a “clean” player who did it “the right way.”

    • brewersfan34 - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      I was definitely one of those people.

  10. mazblast - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Here comes another presser, at which A-Rod will play the “but never as a YANKEE” card, as if taking them while playing elsewhere isn’t as much of a shady deal.

    Here come the NY media hacks, acting as if taking HGH is the equivalent of committing mass murder, especially if he may have tainted the Holy YANKEE name.

  11. tuberippin - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Liar liar, plants for hire.

  12. joegolfer - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Another love letter from Craig to Barry Bonds.
    Yes Craig says of him, “Barry Bonds, we’re talking about players who allegedly (but far from conclusively) lied about their PED use”.
    Yes Craig, we all truly believe Barry when he tells us that he honestly believed he was merely taking flax seed oil and an arthritis balm. That’s why his personal trainer did all that time in prison for him for not testifying against him (and I hope he was paid extremely well by Barry). That enormous body and expanding head size was just a side effect of the flax seed oil.
    Wow, what a man crush Craig has on Barry Bonds.
    As for ARod, he mentions his cousin. Would this be the same cousin who later became ARod’s personal trainer, despite the Yank’s having several of their own personal trainers for team use. The same cousin with all the steroid connections. The same cousin who was banned around 2009 from traveling to the hotels that the Yanks stayed when he acted as ARod’s personal trainer. The same cousin whom MLB banned from being allowed in the Yank’s clubhouse around 2009, when they found out ARod had been using him instead of the team’s official trainers for some unknown reason, like maybe that the official trainers don’t secretly acquire and supply PED’s on demand.
    Sure, ARod quit taking PED’s in 2003, just like Bonds just took flax seed oil. Though he always had the gynecomastia (female breasts associated with coming off steroid or artificial testosterone supplements) when the seasons started (Manny Ramirez got busted for taking the drug that prevents this tell-tale sign).

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