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A-Rod releases statement denying the Miami New Times report

Jan 29, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez has issued a statement in response to the report in the Miami New Times today in which patient records were released suggesting that he used performance enhancing drugs as recently as 2012:

“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.”

This is a clear attack on the patient records released as unreliable.  Earlier, Major League Baseball released its own statement:

“We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances.  These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts.  Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida.  It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program.

“The recommendations of the Mitchell Report have once again played a critical role in Major League Baseball’s ongoing efforts against performance-enhancing drugs.  MLB implemented all of the recommendations made by Senator Mitchell in 2007, several of which emphasized the significance of installing proactive investigative services.

“The establishment of our Department of Investigations has represented a critical advance in these comprehensive efforts.  In the years since its formation, DOI’s work has proven pivotal to bringing to light information regarding the use of performance-enhancing substances.  Furthermore, DOI has built strong working relationships with federal and local law enforcement authorities.  These relationships are crucial because only law enforcement officials have the capacity to reach those outside the game who are involved in the distribution of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

“Vigilance remains the key toward protecting the integrity of our game.  We have the best and most stringent drug testing policy in professional sports, we continue to work with our doctors and trainers to learn what they are seeing day-to-day and we educate our players about the game’s unbending zero-tolerance approach.  We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game.

“We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information.  We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete.”

With this, we are left with a he-said, he-said.  It will take more investigation by Major League Baseball and the DEA in order to determine what the significance is of the patient records reported on in the Miami New Times is, if any.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Well, I guess the Yankees better not sue now. Or else they won’t be able to get free agents in the future.

    • natslady - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Yeah, that’s what Joe Madden said about the Nats during the Pine-Tar incident. LOL.

    • dcfan4life - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      The Yankees will always be able to get free agents. This entire thing is related to PEDs, not mal treatment of players or staff.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        It was sarcasm…a snarky attempt to mock one of Craig’s reasons for the Yankees not suing. Oh well…Craig wins again…he always wins.

      • dcfan4life - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Sarcasm isnt easy to portray when writing. I find the best way to show sarcasm is to end the statement with a …

  2. cur68 - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    If even one player comes forth and corroborates the New Times story, ARod’s gonna be pretty much sunk in the court of public opinion. As it is his public image is taking on water pretty fast.

    Remember Alex: women and children first.

    • sabatimus - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      When has A-Rod’s image NOT sucked?

      • cur68 - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Well, this won’t help. But yeah: whachoosaid.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Not necessarily. Even if every player outside of Arod says they are connected, it doesn’t prove that Arod visited him. Remember, the burden of proof isn’t on Arod in this story, it’s on the doc’s.

      • cur68 - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Public opinion, I said. He’s still clear legally if they can’t get any physical evidence on him.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        For years I had to argue against fellow Yankee fans that no, the Yanks wouldn’t be better off with Scott Brosius instead of Arod no matter how many times Lupica writes an article saying so.

        Most Yankee fans never liked the guy in the first place, so he really doesn’t have much farther to fall in their eyes.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        That entirely depends on the corroboration.

      • cur68 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        I kinda feel bad for the guy. He’s been a very good player in his Yankee years but he just can’t seem to catch a break in anyone’s opinion. Its so ridiculous that even his contributions to the Yankee’s success are dismissed as though they never happened. He brings some of this on himself, of course. In between slapping gloves to dislodge balls, yelling at short stops as they are about to catch a routine fly-out, chick surfing while in the playoffs, schmoozing up to Jeter and so on, he always seems to be cruising right on the edge of public opinion catastrophe with the PEDs cloud. Nevertheless, its stupid the way Yankee fans condemn him as a lousy player who can’t deliver in the clutch that stands out to me. Outside of hitting baseballs and defending against hit baseballs, sure ARod’s not Jeter. But, in the court of hitting baseballs and defending against hit baseballs, he’s been better in many ways. I’m constantly amazed at the home town fan’s inability to see that.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    It may have been that other Alex Rodriguez that plays MLB

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      I am sure that there is more than one person named Alex Rodriguez in the Miami area.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        I am sure A-Rod’s legal team can give the exact number

  4. sabatimus - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    “I don’t know how to say it any clearer: the reference to me, in Mr. Canseco’s book….”

  5. number42is1 - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    “This is a clear attack on the patient records released as unreliable. With this, we are left with a he-said, he-said. It will take more investigation by Major League Baseball and the DEA in order to determine what the significance is of the patient records reported on in the Miami New Times is, if any”

    But until then lets just assume he is guilty based on past experiences and ignore everything else.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Judge: Mr. Hutz w’ve been in here for four hours. Do you have any evidence at all?
      Hutz: Well, Your Honor. We’ve plenty of hearsay and conjecture. Those are kinds of evidence.

      • number42is1 - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        “, this is the most blatant case of fraudulent advertising since my suit against the film, “The Never-Ending Story”

      • beefytrout - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        I just watched an episode of Matlock in a bar… the sound was off, but I think I got the gist of it.

      • number42is1 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Hutz: Now don’t you worry, Mrs. Simpson, I- uh-oh. We’ve drawn Judge Snyder.
        Marge: Is that bad?
        Hutz: Well, he’s kind of had it in for me, since I accidently ran over his dog. Actually, replace “accidently” with “repeatedly,” and replace “dog” with “son.”

  6. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Also, playing devil’s advocate here (and as someone mentioned on twitter), if you were taking HGH/steroids and didn’t want your name being found out, wouldn’t having everything tracked by the name “Alex Rodriguez” be extremely useful?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I thought of that too. But as you noted before, the Simpsons always have the answer:

      Cayman Islands Bank Manager: [chuckles] I’m sorry, I can’t disclose any information about that customer’s secret, illegal account.
      [hangs up]
      Oh, crap. I shouldn’t have said he was a customer… Oh, crap. I shouldn’t have said it was a secret… Oh, crap! I *certainly* shouldn’t have said it was illegal!
      [sits back, fanning himself]
      Ah, it’s too hot here.

  7. natinals10 - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Thank god he is obviously innocent

  8. papalurchdxb - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    He denied it? Well none of us saw that coming.

    I didn’t realise people still kept written notebooks like that, but the way this is presented leads you to think Mr. Bosch expected to need to use this information at some point in the time – if it’s genuine I’d expect there to be more evidence than a bit of scribbled homework notes given what’s potentially at stake.

    • conorsg3 - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Actually he didn’t deny it. He said the records weren’t legitimate (which since they were scibbles in a notebook and not actual medical records is technically true) and that he’s not been a patient which, since he wasn’t being treated for a medical reason is also probably true. But nowhere does the statement say he’s clean or that he hasn’t taken steroids lately. A nice piece of lawyering really.

      • bigharold - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Yeah he denied it. If you go to a Doctor and he gives you a prescription or medication he treated you and you are a patient of that Doctor.

        A-Rod stated:“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. …”

        It would be impossible to not have a “relationship”, .. be a “patient” or be “treated” by a Doctor and receive HGH in any form.

        In a way I feel bad for A-Rod. I find these accusation a little far fetched considering his past and how bad he’d look if it was confirmed that he took PEDs again, .. or in fact never stopped. He’d have to be the dumbest SOB on plant to risk getting caught again. And, likely he could have gone to the DR and got the same treatment and with out risking a DEA investigation. MLB can only suspend him, .. if he lies to the DEA and gets caught that a felony, .. or at a minimum he goes through with what Clemens and Bond went through. Years in the courts and millions on attorneys.

        In the end, however, he’s nobody to blame but himself. Had he never taken PEDs in the first place he could have saved himself a lot of grief.

  9. chacochicken - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    In defense of Alex, I frequently use his name when buying HGH illegally. I say I’m Derek Jeter to the working girls but to everyone else I’m just Brett Gardner.

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    He was just ordering it for Roger Clemens’ wife

  11. chris1019 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire and A-Rod has “hot-boxed” the Yankees clubhouse.

  12. tfbuckfutter - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I think we can all agree on one thing….

    A-Rod wouldn’t lie about this.

  13. randygnyc - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    This comment was released by attorney Roy Black, who Arod hired to handle this.

  14. randygnyc - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Breaking news- The FEDS are now investigating this case. (Rut-Roh)

  15. dutchman1350 - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Arod deserves the benefit of doubt…LOL

  16. unclemosesgreen - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Somewhere Katie Couric is nodding and smiling and eating it up guilelessly.

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