A-Fraud …. It Was The Best Of Times And The Worst Of Times Not More of The Same
If baseball didn’t need to shoot itself in the foot again. Then the allegations now coming out concerning the game’s perceived best player is somewhat of a disturbing one. The article written in Sports Illustrated alleging Alex Rodriguez’s use of steroids in 2003 speaks as to what’s still wrong with the game. Granted at the time there was no steroid policy in the league. It does beg the question why in 2007 when conducting an interview with journalist Katie Couric in 2007 on the CBS’ magazine program 60 Minutes. The player stated that he’s never used an illicit substance ? Couric specifically asked the player with regard to steroids and he implicitly replied “No”.
Rodriguez’s response as it now stands is that any comments forthcoming will have to come by way of the Players’ Union. When questioned about this prior to the incident becoming public by Selena Roberts. He commented that it would be addressed by the union. His agent Scott Boras whilst not making a statement on his client’s behalf . His only comment has been to make the case that while Rodriguez is out of the country at present. He cannot make a statement substantiating or denying the allegations.
Rodriguez along with his then wife Cynthia and Katie Couric in their “60 Minutes” interview nducted in December 2007 .
No wrong doing there mind you as his answer to the question wasn’t to a law enforcement official. Nor was it part of any ongoing legal proceeding. But what does that say as to the player’s veracity and persuasiveness when it comes to making himself a likeable commodity. The highest paid player in the game and one whose leadership skills have always come into question. His abilities are without doubt are unquestionable. But it does set a troubling ball in motion. This all comes back to 2003 when the game was conducting testing though it wasn’t part of the yet to be edict for a steroid policy which was adopted in 2004.
Though at the time the player was on the Texas Rangers’ roster. It can be said that it shouldn’t make this situation any the less dire. Rodriguez for his part has been more than happy to make himself the ever so likeable commodity as a player who’s amenable to corporate sponsors. Bearing in mind also the player that year would go on to win the AL MVP award for that season. It may sullen his reputation but at the same time it points to the nonsensical farce as to the overall policy and how it was adopted by Major League Baseball.
Rodriguez and his family, his ex wife Cynthia and his two young daughters in Miami Beach.
In 2004 Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees for Yankees’ first baseman Alfonso Soriano. There are those who are questioning the privacy aspect of this all. And the fact that the article itself was researched and verified. But the league itself and the pretentious stance that it has taken with the issue. Sealed or not the fact of the matter is that had they dealt with this very issue with some expediency rather than being complicit in much of the subterfuge that has taken place. Then perhaps we’d not be in a situation where at almost every turn we’re now questioning the statistics of many of the players in the game. The league has its policy in place and several players have received the mandatory 50 game ban for a first transgression. But simply put though the numbers are down the suspicion is still there that players are still using some form of an a banned substance. And no matter how ,much testing is being done and the voraciousness of it all. It really has done very little to stem the tide of suspicion allround.
Rodriguez at the plate meting out no mercy against the Seattle Mariners in AL game. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo /Bill Kostroun …………
There’s the belief that some use of an illegal substance is rampant but as to who’s using. We can really only speculate on the matter. We’ve seen the waters muddied by the actions of a number of players. And now amidst all of this we have perhaps the one player that many felt might’ve above it all caught what could be perceived as a lie. Say nothing of which we still have the protracted legal case of Barry Bonds and the federal authorities. That particular scenario is now being played without within the judicial system and one wonders how that will all end ?.
Sports Illustrated article was written by Selena Roberts and David Epstein …………… To read article click the highlighted link provided.
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