by Suzie Raven
Major League Baseball’s steroids soap opera, currently starring Alex (A-Rod) Rodriguez, isn’t over yet. Instead of quitting while he was behind last week, he further sabotaged his reputation by creating more questions about his past. (For more background on A-Rod's original confession and the debate surrounding it, please see the post "Steroid Scandal: Can A-Rod Be Punished?")
A-Rod keeps reiterating the fact that he didn’t know what he was taking, but in a press conference earlier this week, he admitted, "I knew we weren't taking Tic Tacs."
I’m glad he can tell a Tic Tac from a Performance Enhancing Drug (what some folks call a PED). If he couldn’t, then he would have more problems than we previously thought.
Rodriguez, who is currently the third baseman for the New York Yankees, also said his cousin injected him with an unknown substance from the Dominican Republic from 2001 to 2003. Who lets someone inject them with a needle without knowing what the syringe contains? That sounds like a terrible idea, and one that does not fit a professional athlete who is perpetually concerned about his body.
Later, he referred to the substance as “Boli,” claming he thought it was an energy booster.
An energy booster that requires an injection? I’m no medical expert, so if someone were to suggest that I take an energy booster through a needle, I would certainly ask some questions. (And tell them that I’m okay with a Red Bull, but that’s just me). Yet A-Rod wants us to think he was content in his naivety, continuously saying he was “young and stupid.”
Even medical experts are perplexed, saying they have never heard of boli.
“Nobody asked what 'boli' was. Somebody should have said, 'Look, what is boli? Is it shorthand for Dianabol or Primobolan?' Now we're left with more speculation,” said Dr. Gary Wadler of the World Anti-Doping Agency's Prohibited List and Methods Committee.
By referencing his mysterious cousin and this mysterious “boli,” Rodriguez dug himself a much deeper hole than he was already in. Major League Baseball (MLB) can’t punish him for taking the drugs, as the current steroid policy wasn’t in place until 2004. However, it can punish him if he distributed the substances to other players. The league plans to investigate the issue further in the upcoming weeks.
I support wiping A-Rod’s slate clean so he can take a swing at the Hall of Fame if he stays clean, but I was far more convinced of this possibility a week ago. Last week, he sounded like someone who made a mistake and wanted to start again. This week, he just sounds shady.
(The photo of Alex Rodriguez is by Googie Man and is used with a GNU Free Documentation license. To hear a part of the press conference A-Rod conducted this week in Tampa, Florida, please check below.)
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by Suzie Raven