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Alex Rodriguez reportedly bought legal supplements in 2012 from BALCO founder Victor Conte

Aug 11, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

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This story from investigative reporters Teri Thompson and Michael O’Keefe of the New York Daily News adds a funny little wrinkle — but probably nothing more — to the ongoing Alex Rodriguez PED saga.

A-Rod apparently went on a desperate hunt for performance-enhancers of any kind in early 2012, enlisting the help of former NFL linebacker and admitted steroid user Bill Romanowski to set up a meet-and-greet with BALCO founder Victor Conte.

Conte, who spent four months in prison in 2005 on BALCO-related charges, could not provide A-Rod with any illegal performance-enhancing drugs. But Conte did get A-Rod some legal supplements and has now relayed his entire experience with the veteran slugger to the Daily News. Here’s an excerpt:

[Conte] described how Rodriguez showed up uninvited on his doorstep in May 2012 with admitted BALCO steroid casualty Bill Romanowski, the former NFL linebacker, to discuss legal products that could give Rodriguez an edge.

Conte said Rodriguez had been trying to set up a sitdown through Romanowski for two months before they finally met, the day before the Yankees kicked off a three-game series with the Oakland A’s.

Romanowski had tried to convince Conte to fly to New York or Los Angeles to meet with Rodriguez, but Conte said he declined the offer.

“I flushed it out with Romo before they ever showed up at the office,” Conte said. “I clearly told Romo it (anything he could do for Rodriguez) was about legal performance enhancement.”

Conte’s daughter Veronica hand-delivered a package of over-the-counter supplements to A-Rod’s hotel room when the Yankees were playing in Oakland on May 25, 2012 and two packages of the same legal stuff were eventually shipped to Rodriguez at addresses in Miami Beach and Greenwich Village. Victor Conte told the Daily News that he spoke to Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch twice over the phone because A-Rod had referred to Bosch as his “nutrition guy” and Conte didn’t want to overlap certain supplement regimens.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Were they actually legal….

    Or were they only technically legal because no one knew about them yet?

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Getting Bill Romanowski involved is always a smart move when making career decisions…

      • jprcox - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        There is no question in my mind that ARod either thinks, or actually does, need PEDs to perform at a high level. I am very curious if he is loaded right now, and that is why he took so long to recover from a fake injury. I think back to the first time ARod admitted to PED use, and the slump that followed (he has had massive slumps in his career) – only to have his game magically return.

        It could be mostly in his mind. Someone needs to give him some “water” tablets telling him its a PED so he stops thinking he needs PEDs. I am sure a large part of this is mental.

  2. jfk69 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I once saw Arod at a GNC Store. He was wearing sunglasses and a fake mustache. He was comparing some supplements that swear to produce rock hard erections. Madonna was in a car outside repeatedly honking the horn.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      I call bullshit on this story.

      I have heard Jack Clark tell this same story repeatedly, only it was in a Citgo, it was Pujols and not Rodriguez, and he was buying Horny Goat Weed.

      • jfk69 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Sorry…It is true. I have 2000 facebook likes for proof. I would also like to add that I told him that crap don’t work. You probably have a low testosterone count. My doc will hook you up with
        AndroGel 1.62%. He asked if it was legal. Hey they advertise on TV. My doc will throw in some Cialis and Viagra just in case. You never when the mood will strike.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        I just want to know where he buys his orange spray-on tan from?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        He buys his spray tan from the same place Sammy Sosa gets his.

        Sammy is just too cheap to buy it before the expiration date.

      • bjbroderick - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        I’m not sure when I fell into an alternate dimension where, apparently, Facebook likes = proof.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Well, he just laser-beamed an A-bomb to left field and then singled in Cano from second – I guess the “legal” supplements must be working!

      • apkyletexas - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Nice to see Yankee fans cheering him wildly for his home run and RBI single. Guess they got over their disdain pretty quickly?

  3. greymares - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    F*ck AROD write about significant baseball things.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      More importantly, how about posting a psychological analysis of people who think they are forced to read and comment on something just because it is posted on a website they like?

      Or maybe a how-to titled The Art Of Ignoring Things On The Internet That Don’t Interest You?

      • greymares - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        memo to self, ignore posts by tbuckfutter as instructed.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        So this is what it sounds like when doves cry.

  4. coryfor3 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    So he bought something. Breaking news. I’m heading out to the grocery store later..anyone want to post on that?

  5. waiverclaim - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Why is this a story? Someone did something legal? WHO CARES????

    • jfk69 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Since lohan went to rehab life just hasn’t been the same

    • Bryz - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Pretty sure the story is that we now know A-Rod has connections to a steroid dealer from the past in Victor Conte, the same man that had connections to Barry Bonds. Sure, it was for legal supplements, but you know that someone from the media is going to turn this molehill into a mountain.

  6. officialgame - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Hey buttfu**er you should take a look in the mirror because that’s all you do.

  7. yahmule - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    During Romonowski’s final season in Denver, my friend got the people in our section to chant, “Give Bill one more pill!” A jolly time was had by all and it took our attention off Brian Griese.

    According to David Diaz-Infante, Romo’s method of encouraging steroid usage among teammates was to tell the white ones “they needed something to keep up with the n*****s.” Charming guy, Bill was, whether he was hocking an enormous loogie JJ Stokes face on Monday Night Football; trying to break former teammate Shannon Sharpe’s elbow on a dirty tackle or sucker punching Raider teammate Marcus Williams and shattering the orbital bone in his eye. He has a long connection sleaze merchant Victor Conte.

    Sorry to interrupt the manufactured outrage and disgust. Carry on, everybody.

  8. in12wetrust - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    So if hes allegedley involved with the bosch dude in miami and getting the illegal stuff….why bother w the legal stuff from all the way across the country??? Hmmmm ok

  9. RoyHobbs39 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I feel as if the next Drug Testing Agreement should have a section listing the appropriate punishment for hanging out with Bill Romanowski. First Offense=Lifetime Ban and forfeiting all career earnings.

  10. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    This stinking piece of ‘news’ smells like a story Arod wrote himself and paid to have published as an opening gambit for his defense…that all he got from Bosch was legal supplements. It smells like week old garbage.

  11. jonirocit - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Ohh alright cool thanks for keeping us all updated we Really appreciate it .

  12. tbutler704 - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    You look at the from another planet type numbers Barry Bonds put up after taking whatever BALCO gave him, compared to the mostly shite results of the Biogenesis players and it adds up that Rodriguez would try to get in touch with Victor Conte.

    All this rubbish of “oh it was only legal” as if there are no GNCs in Miami….LOL

  13. paperlions - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    The more I read about the back story and his interactions with people, even when trying to obtain supplements, the more clear it is to me WHY he did it.

    I don’t think it was about money or records.

    The guy has no confidence or self esteem whatsoever. He is always looking for approval. He seems to have no idea who he really is, he just tries to be what he thinks people want and he fails miserably. I think he is always “looking for an edge” because, somehow, he just self confidence…and he’s not very bright, so he makes horrible decisions.

    Consistent with this, of course, is that he may lack confidence because he has always used and doesn’t think he can succeed without using something, regardless of the effects (or lack there of) of the the things he’s using.

    • paperlions - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      *he just lacks self confidence

      • nbjays - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        “he just tries to be what he thinks people want and he fails miserably”

        Well, considering that most people now want him the hell out of baseball (and likely out of the HoF), he’s well on his way to being just that.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Sounds like you could easily sell him some paperlions juice.

      • paperlions - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Har har har.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        You got extra. 😉

  14. pisano - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    How long is this sh%t gonna go on? it’s really old news.

  15. jdvalk - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I read a legal article about someone buying legal supplements today, please don’t suspend me from the site…

  16. cocheese000 - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I find it more amusing she personally delivered the supps to his hotel. Was this also some kind of booty call?

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  18. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Legal PEDs?

    Pile another 50 games orf on his scapegoat ass!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      Brain dead? Throw him under the bus and let him stay there for another 500 days!!

  19. makeham98 - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    ARod apparently trying to emulate Mark McGwire… shoot yourself up with god knows what kind of PEDs, then create a trail with something “not yet banned” and act like that is proof that you didn’t cheat.

    How he didn’t wind up playing for LaRussa is a mystery.

  20. officialgame - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    A Yankee fan would pimp out their own mothers if it meant a few more wins.

    • pisano - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Maybe not their mothers, but I’m sure they’d pimp out your mother, especially if she gave good head.

  21. nbjays - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    “…A-Rod had referred to Bosch as his “nutrition guy” and Conte didn’t want to overlap certain supplement regimens.”

    I swear, you can’t make this shit up. This has all the makings of a great made-for-TV movie.

  22. tripleg3 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    This is ridiculous!!! He bought a supplement if people are upset about players using supplements then don’t watch baseball they are all on legal supplements.

    • 1peevedbob - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      good punctuation..!

  23. smackingfools - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Only in America you can get in trouble for doing something, legal.

  24. 1peevedbob - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Let’s take away, not only the asterisks but the names and numbers from the record books of these individuals who had to cheat to win.
    This cheater hit a homerun, the first of the year, and I hope whoever caught it threw it back, just like they would have done at Wrigley field.
    He said, about his first game back, he had to hold back his emotions. I saw the film and I saw the total disgust on his face when the fans of the game booed him….

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