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Alex Rodriguez told the assembled media outside the Yankees Spring Training complex Tuesday that he used an over-the-counter substance (named “boli”) from the Domican Republic that was supposed to be an “energy-booster.”
A-Rod said that his cousin injected him with the substance twice a month during six-month cycles for a three-year period from 2001-2003.
“I didn’t think they were steroids,” he said. “That’s again part of being young and stupid. It was over the counter. It was pretty simple.”
“All these years I never thought I did anything wrong.”
A-Rod said he wasn’t sure how the drug helped him, but did admit he had more energy. He also reiterated that he has not taken human growth hormone or any other banned substance since the 2003 season.
He later admitted he was “naive.”
“I thought I knew everything, and I clearly didn’t,” Rodriguez said in his statement. “Like everyone else, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. The only way I know how to handle it is to move forward.
“One thing I know: Baseball is a lot bigger than Alex Rodriguez.”
Rodriguez, 33, has 553 career home runs and is within 209 home runs of Barry Bonds’ all-time “record” of 762. Many expect A-Rod to surpass Bonds on the career list, but will his career home run total be considered tainted?
Reaction: A-Rod seemed genuinely honest about exactly what happened. Then again, after seeing what Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have gone through, A-Rod made the obvious choice. Still, I have to hand it to him, that must have been hard to admit exactly how you cheated the game for three years. Again, I still maintain that if he did it, then anyone is guilty until proven innocent.
David Ortiz’s recent stance against steroid use made it pretty clear to me that he’s clean, unless he’s Rafael Palmerio 2.0. Anyone else, however, is fair game.
Either way, I think A-Rod SHOULD be allowed to go into the Hall of Fame, unless its unfurled that he lied during his press conference about other steroid use. I think he’s a hall of famer with or without the steroids. The black mark against his numbers alone is enough punishment. Talk about his records means nothing if he cannot pass 762, however.
How many home runs will Alex Rodriguez hit in his career?
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