22/08/2019 7:09 pm Welcome to isteroids.com - BLOG

Archived Posts from Steroids in Baseball Category

Tuesday 05, Sep 2017

Meldonium Crisis Contributes To 26.4 Percent Increase In Doping Cases

Posted By

Annual report of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revealed that 26.4 per cent increase in positive doping cases was recorded for 2016 in comparison with similar data for 2015, although this was partly because of the addition of Meldonium as a banned substance.

A total of 4,814 adverse analytical findings (AAFs) were recorded for 2016 in comparison with 3,809 for the previous year. The latter figure included 497 failures for Meldonium, which is a substance only prohibited from January 1, 2016.

A detailed testing report is likely to be published in the fourth quarter of this year.

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova and swimmer Yulia Efimova were among some of the top Russian and Eastern European stars who failed anti-doping tests for Meldonium. Sharapova and many others claimed they were not aware Meldonium was added to the list of banned substances. A big majority of these athletes have now made a return to competition after it was conceded by the World Anti-Doping Agency that “more research was required” to find out how long the substance remains in the human body. WADA was heavily criticized for the ways in which it first banned the substance and then moderated its attitude to the substance.

The World Anti-Doping Agency even made it a point not to directly respond to the criticism it received from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other sporting bodies for the way it handled the Russian doping scandal. The response of WADA was justified in a joint opening message by its President Sir Craig Reedie and director general Olivier Niggli.

Reedie and Niggli wrote the Russian doping scandal was one of the most destabilizing incidents for sports in recent memory. They also wrote it has taxed the resources of many of our stakeholders; in particular, it was extremely demanding for the World Anti-Doping Agency and International Federations (IFs) many of which are still managing the fallout. It was further added that WADA has been shoulder to shoulder with our partners and also remarked we have been doing our utmost to support them with their results management and to help them determine if there is sufficient evidence to pursue anti-doping rule violations for their athletes or support personnel.

     Sir Craig and Niggli concluded the World Anti-Doping Agency for 17 years has led the charge against doping in sport in an ever changing and complex environment. They added we are proud of the work that has been accomplished by the WADA team, with limited resources – always striving to meet and exceed the expectations set by our partners in the clean sport community. It was also added that we believe that we have been successful in our mission and also remarked that our goal is to ensure that the clean athlete prevails.

The WADA Annual report listed 10 priorities for the future that include the development of a stronger code compliance system, including “graded and proportionate” sanctions for non-compliant organizations. The priorities included generating more income and strengthening laboratories and the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) system and improved education and scientific research.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Meldonium Crisis Contributes To 26.4 Percent Increase In Doping Cases

Tuesday 04, Jul 2017

Three Pitchers Suspended By MLB For Use Of Banned Substances

Posted By

Major League Baseball (MLB) has imposed drug suspensions on Houston Astros rookie David Paulino as well as minor leaguers Joseph Colon of Cleveland and Joan Gregorio of San Francisco.

Paulino, who is the only one presently in the majors, received a ban of 80 games after he tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid. The suspension of Paulino started with Saturday night’s game against the New York Yankees. Paulino has started six games for the first-place Astros this season, going 2-0 with a 6.52 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 29 innings.

In a statement, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said we are disappointed in the news regarding David Paulino. Luhnow added we hope this is a one-time incident and something David can learn from as he continues his career. The Astros general manager also commented that the Astros will continue to fully support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Colon tested positive for a synthetic drug whose effect is similar to that of Testosterone. The 27-year-old right-hander made his big league debut with the Indians last July 8 and was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in 11 relief appearances. Colon has a 4.13 ERA in 28 relief appearances this year at Triple-A Columbus.

Gregorio showed evidence of the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. The 25-year-old Gregorio is 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts this year at Triple-A Sacramento. The 6-foot-7 starter was performing well for the Triple-A Sacramento and came close to being promoted more than once in June. Gregorio was even pulled from his warmups before a game in Las Vegas as the Giants weighed a move and he was likely to be in the team had he not injured his back a few days back. Gregorio was expected to replace Dan Slania but the chance has now been bagged by Chris Stratton who got the call and arrived in time for the game.

Both of them have been banned for the rest of the season.

This year, Pittsburgh All-Star outfielder Starling Marte and Philadelphia pitcher Elniery Garcia were banned under the major league drug program. In this year, there have been 47 suspensions under the minor league program.

Kansas City Royals catcher Mark Sanchez was recently suspended for 80 games under the minor league drug program of baseball following a positive test. The 22-year-old tested positive for the performance enhancing substance, Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Sanchez, a 35th-round draft pick last year, was hitting .206 with two RBIs in 11 games this season for Lexington of the Class A South Atlantic League.

Few weeks back, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jair Jurrjens was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for Testosterone that did not originate in his body. The 31-year-old right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.64 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearances this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He has not appeared in a game since June 7. A native of Curacao, Jurrjens is a veteran of eight major league seasons and an All-Star with Atlanta in 2011. He is 53-38 with a 3.72 ERA for Detroit (2007), the Braves (2008-12), Baltimore (2013) and Colorado (2014).

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Three Pitchers Suspended By MLB For Use Of Banned Substances

Saturday 30, Apr 2016

Dee Gordon Suspended 80 Games For Doping

Posted By

Dee Gordon, the reigning National League batting champion, has been suspended for 80 games early Friday after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced the suspension that Gordon had tested positive for Exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol.

MLB made the announcement after the Marlins’ victory in Los Angeles. The suspension was the second in second in eight days for a player coming off the best season of his career. Chris Colabello, an undrafted former independent leaguer who hit .321 for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, was also handed suspension for 80 games. Colabello was informed by MLB that he had tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone but was not suspended until April 22 after his appeal was denied.

Gordon is hitting .266 and was tied for the team lead in runs scored, with 13, and led the Marlins in steals, with six despite a low .289 on-base percentage. Gordon hit .333 — 61 points above his career average as a Dodger — last season. He led the league in stolen bases and hits while winning a Gold Glove. Gordon rewarded him with a five-year, $50 million contract in January though he was to make only $3 million this season. Gordon issued a statement through the Players’ Association where denied using banned drugs on purpose. The statement said he did not so knowingly and he has informed that test results showed he ingested something that contained prohibited substances.

In the statement, Gordon added the hardest part about this is feeling that he has let down his teammates, the organization, and the fans. The American professional baseball second baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball added he should have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20-plus tests that he had taken and passed throughout his career prove this. Gordon, who previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he made a mistake and will accept the consequences.

Gordon was praised by Marlins’ owner, Jeffrey Loria when Gordon’s contract was announced in January. In a statement then, Loria said it is truly incredible and historic what he did in his first season with our ball club. Miami’s team president, David Samson, said the Marlins would welcome Gordon back and added the Marlins completely support the Major League Baseball drug prevention program in every way. Samson remarked the Marlins were informed on Thursday of the positive test and added it is a huge disappointment and a huge loss for our team as we love Dee Gordon, but we do not like what he did.

Marlins Manager Don Mattingly remarked he was shocked and surprised at the positive test of Gordon and said the bad news deflated a team that should have been celebrating its sweep. Mattingly remarked you as a team would expect our guys to be in there all excited and then we get this news and that’s not quite the feeling. The Marlins Manager said we will support Dee and said Gordon is like one of his kids and we are going to move forward.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Dee Gordon Suspended 80 Games For Doping

Monday 07, Mar 2016

Mejia Claims Conspiracy By MLB Over His Doping Ban

Posted By

New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy after he was issued a lifetime doping ban by Major League Baseball.

The 26-year-old Dominican right-hander told the New York Times that MLB officials were out to get him in a witch hunt. Mejia also blamed officials of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPS) for not finding grounds to appeal his punishment.

Mejia tested positive for Boldenone last month that was his third positive test for a banned performance enhancing substance in less than a year after which he was banned for life. Mejia claimed he was only guilty of the first violation and added the second positive test was not accurate and he was pressurized by MLB officials to share information about his doping connections. The Mets pitcher said he felt there was a conspiracy against him and also remarked he feels that they were trying to find something to bring me down in his career. Mejia, who was named the Mets’ closer in May 2014, said they will find a way to find a third positive if he appealed the results of the second test.

The Dominican professional baseball pitcher who played for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2015 season after he tested positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing drug. In July 2015, he received his second suspension after a second failed test for Stanozolol and Boldenone and a third positive was reported on February 12, 2016, resulting in his permanent suspension from Major League Baseball. The lifetime ban imposed on Mejia also prohibits him from playing Professional baseball leagues in other countries, including Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. However, Mejia could apply for reinstatement in one year to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred but he is then expected to sit out a minimum of two seasons before he could be reinstated to pitch in Major League Baseball.

The claim of Mejia was denied by Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball. Courtney remarked no one at MLB or representing MLB has met with Mejia regarding any of these drug violations.

Born in Dominican Republic, Mejia developed an interest in baseball after he realized that large signing bonuses were paid to players. His skills got the attention of many teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and he signed with the Mets for $16,500 at the age of 17 in 2007. Jenrry Mejia was named the 48th best prospect in the major leagues in the MLB.com Midseason Top 50 Prospect list after his success in the 2009 season. The Mets assigned him after the 2009 season to the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League and Mejia was ranked as the 56th best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America in February 2010. Mejia made major league debut on April 7, 2010 and presently remains under control of the New York Mets until the end of his current contract.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Mejia Claims Conspiracy By MLB Over His Doping Ban

Sunday 14, Feb 2016

Mets Pitcher Mejia Gets Record Life Doping Ban

Posted By

On Friday, Major League Baseball announced a permanent ban on New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone. The lifetime suspension is the longest drug-related ban ever issued by Major League Baseball.

The right-handed pitcher is the first player to be banned for life from the MLB for failing three performance-enhancing drug tests. Under the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a third violation for performance-enhancing drugs results in a permanent suspension. However, the program also says that a player so suspended may apply, no earlier than one year following the imposition of the suspension, to the Commissioner for discretionary reinstatement after a minimum period of two years. A spokesman for the agents of Mejia remarked the New York Mets reliever had no comments and it is still is still not clear whether the 26-year-old Mejia would apply for reinstatement in the future.

Mejia was banned for 50 games in April 2015 after he tested positive for Stanozolol. Mejia returned in July 2015 after serving the suspension but played in merely seven games before he tested positive for both Stanozolol and Boldenone. The Mets reliever was then banned for 162 games that would have carried over into the 2016 season.

In a statement, New York Mets said we were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The team added we fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport and also commented that as per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.

Mejia has a 3.68 career ERA in 18 starts and 95 relief appearances. He was signed by the Mets in 2007 and reached the major leagues in 2010. He went 9-14 with a 3.68 earned-run average in 113 major league appearances, all for the Mets from 2010-2015. Last year, Mejia was the Mets closing relief pitcher on opening day but his injury meant Jeurys Familia took over that role and helped the Mets win the National League title before losing to Kansas City in last year’s World Series. The Dominican professional baseball pitcher as a relief pitcher made the Mets 2010 opening day roster that made him the youngest Met to make an opening day roster since Dwight Gooden.Mejia made his major league debut on April 7, 2010.

It was reported by NPR’s Tom Goldman that many say baseball is in a post-steroids era, but Mejia, from the Dominican Republic, is one of a number of Latin American players, mostly minor leaguers, who’ve tested positive for banned drugs in recent years.

Mejia became the first person to be banned for life due to use of performance enhancing drugs, and one of only two living people to be permanently banned, the other being Pete Rose who was accused of gambling on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that Pete bet on his own team. This was after ESPN concluded an investigation on June 22, 2015 and determined that Pete Rose bet on baseball while still a player, from 1984 to 1986.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Mets Pitcher Mejia Gets Record Life Doping Ban

Monday 28, Dec 2015

Ryan Howard And Ryan Zimmerman Linked To Doping Ring

Posted By

An investigative report by Al-Jazeera has alleged that Peyton Manning received Human growth hormone from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic. This report includes the names of three Major League players, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, and free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden.

It was claimed by the report that the three major league players obtained performance enhancing drugs from the Guyer Institute in Indiana. Charlie Sly, a pharmacist, disclosed that the clinic mailed human growth hormone and other drugs in 2011 to many athletes, including the three mentioned MLB players. According to State licensing records, a Charles David Sly was licensed as a pharmacy intern in Indiana from April 2010 to May 2013.

In a statement, Dale Guyer of the Guyer Institute said that Sly had a brief three-month internship there in 2013 during which time Peyton was not even being treated or present in the office.

The report, titled “The Dark Side,” was the result of an investigation. British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover for exposing the widespread nature of performance-enhancing drugs globally. The report alleged that the clinic sent growth hormone and other drugs to Ashley Manning, Manning’s wife, for assisting Manning recover from 2011 neck surgery.

Zimmerman has dealt with a lot of injuries over the years and his injuries date back to 2011 that put his recovery time on the same track as well. Howard suffered a torn Achilles on the final out of the 2011 NLDS and this puts his recovery timeline in line with that of Manning.

Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, remarked he never used a human growth hormone (HGH) and termed the report as “completely fabricated” and “complete trash.” Manning said he rotated between angry and furious and added disgusted is really how he feels and sickened by it. Manning added time ended up being probably my best medicine along with a lot of hard work. He also added it stings him whoever this guy is to insinuate that he cut corners and broke NFL rules in order to get healthy. However, Manning did admit that he went to the institute in 2011 to use a hyperbaric chamber recommended by doctors.

William Burck of Quinn Emanuel, the attorney for Howard and Zimmerman, released a statement and called the claims extraordinarily reckless and completely false. Burck said it is inexcusable and irresponsible that Al Jazeera would provide a platform and broadcast outright lies about Howard and Zimmerman. The statement added that the extraordinarily reckless claims made against our clients in this report are completely false and rely on a source that has already recanted his claims and added that we will go to court to hold Al Jazeera and other responsible parties accountable for smearing our clients’ good names.

The report alleged that Teagarden, who most recently spent time with the Chicago Cubs during the 2015 season, appeared in one of the undercover videos and was open to discuss his use of performance enhancing drugs during a prior season. It would not be possible for Teagarden to deny the allegations as the video is part of the report set to air on Sunday.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Ryan Howard And Ryan Zimmerman Linked To Doping Ring

Friday 25, Sep 2015

Rafael Palmeiro Signs Contract With Sugar Land Skeeters

Posted By

Disgraced slugger Rafael Palmeiro has signed a contract with independent Sugar Land Skeeters that will make the twenty-year MLB veteran play final three games of the season alongside son Patrick, an infielder with the Texas club.

Rafael Palmeiro, who has not played professional baseball in more than a decade, signed the contact with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, an eight-team association outside Major League Baseball’s traditional farm system. In a release issued by the club, the 50-year-old Palmeiro said we discussed me playing earlier this year and it is something that he has looked forward to since then. Rafael added the chance to play with his son is an opportunity the Skeeters have offered me and he is very excited to make it happen this weekend.

The return of Palmeiro comes a decade after an illustrious major league career that was all set for the Hall of Fame until a positive test for Stanozolol (Winstrol), an anabolic steroid, was revealed just five months after Rafael Palmeiro emphatically denied under oath of ever using performance enhancing drugs. Rafael continues to maintain he never made use of anabolic steroids intentionally.

A four-time All-Star who played 20 major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles, Palmeiro retired with 569 home runs and 3,020 hits that made him one of only five players in the history of Major League Baseball to be a member of both the 500-home run and 3,000-hit clubs — Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, and Alex Rodriguez are the others.

This is not the first time the minor-league club based in Sugar Land has made headlines with an unusual signing. In 2012, a pair of starts for the Skeeters was made by Roger Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner named 82 times in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball, when he was 50 years old. Last year, seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady made the opening day roster of the Skeeters as a pitcher. McGrady made four appearances, allowing four hits and five runs while recording a 6.75 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.

The retired Cuban American Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder played for the Cubs (1986–1988), Texas Rangers (1989–1993, 1999–2003), and the Baltimore Orioles (1994–1998, 2004–2005). Rafael was named to the MLB All-Star Team four times and also has the distinction of winning the Gold Glove three times. Palmeiro was a part of 2,831 major league games, which is the most by any player who never participated in the World Series. Palmeiro was identified as a fellow steroid user by former Rangers teammate José Canseco in his 2005 book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. Canseco claimed he personally injected Rafael Palmeiro with anabolic androgenic steroids. Palmeiro appeared at a Congressional hearing on March 17, 2005 about steroids in baseball and denied ever using steroids while under oath. Palmeiro was suspended for ten days on August 1, 2005 after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Rafael Palmeiro Signs Contract With Sugar Land Skeeters

Monday 23, Mar 2015

Pacquiao And Mayweather Camps In Doping Penalty Row

Posted By

Pacquiao and mayweather camps in doping penalty row

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have reportedly entered into a dispute over a proposed doping penalty before their much-awaited fight at the May 2 welterweight world title fight in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is expected to make at least $80 million while Mayweather is expected to make at least $120 million for the much anticipated fight, billed as “Fight of the Century“.

Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told the Los Angeles Times that the drug testing protocol for the fight had been “rigorously negotiated” by Pacquiao promoters Top Rank. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told the same newspaper that it was a little puzzling for him to learn that Floyd Mayweather would not agree to the $5m (£3.37m) penalty that was proposed by representatives of Manny Pacquiao should either fighter test positive for a banned drug.

It was first suggested by Pacquiao that the reciprocal fine for a failed drug test was extra insurance that an instance of doping would not jeopardize the fight that fans have long waited for. But, Ellerbe said the arrangement was an attempt to put a $5m price tag if Manny tested positive and added that it will cost Manny a lot more than some $5m if he comes up positive.

Ellerbe’s comments were echoed by Top Rank boss Bob Arum who said that Mayweather is right as there is no need of it since they would be penalized by more than $5 million by the Nevada Athletic Commission if ever they become positive of drug use. Arum added that the Mayweather’s rejection of the $5 million penalty would not in any way derail the May 2 mega bout.

In the past, drug testing was an issue in attempts to make a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in late 2009 and early 2010. While Mayweather was adamant for random Olympic-style blood and urine testing, Pacquiao objected to some of the protocols. Pacquiao was accused by Mayweather of using performance enhancing drugs, a charge that was vehemently denied by the Filipino. Mayweather was sued by Pacquiao over the allegation and the two settled out of court.

A few days back, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had agreed to undergo Olympic-style random drug-testing before the bout. Since 2010, Mayweather has had USADA testing for all of his bouts. The US Anti-Doping Agency will conduct blood and urine tests for drugs including human growth hormone (HGH) and the blood-boosting erythropoietin (EPO) on both fighters.

Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, said a positive test would kill the fight, where the total purse is likely to be more than $200 million. A positive test would subject the fighter who tested positive to a potential career-ending ban of four years from competition. Tygart said the penalty for the fighter who violates it is going to be a lot higher than $5 million if there is a positive test prior to the fight. The USADA Chief also remarked Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao signed on to the sanctioning process that is clearly spelled out and added it is a contract that would be enforceable against them.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Pacquiao And Mayweather Camps In Doping Penalty Row

Saturday 21, Mar 2015

Yuri Sucart Expected To Plead Guilty

Posted By

Yuri Sucart Expected To Plead Guilty

Yuri Sucart, a cousin of Alex Rodriguez, is expected to plead guilty on charges of distributing performance enhancing drugs, according to records filed in Miami federal court.

In August 2014, Sucart was arrested along with six others, including Anthony Bosch, owner of the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Florida that was at the center of a doping controversy that engulfed some of the most prominent stars of Major League Baseball. Court records also show that Bosch had been expected to testify against Yuri Sucart if the case had gone to trial. In February, Bosch was sentenced four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute testosterone.

Yuri Sucart procured performance-enhancing drugs for Alex and knows about his romances with many women, his zany legal strategies, and his drug use. Sucart is scheduled to face trial on April 6 in federal court on charges of conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone. Alex Rodriguez is expected to be called as a witness.

Yuri will become the eighth and final defendant (to plead guilty) who is associated with the notorious Biogenesis anti-aging clinic that provided performance enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and other professional baseball players. In recent months, Yuri has been repeatedly hospitalized with blood clots and other ailments and a heart condition. Prosecutors will ask U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga to sentence Sucart to eight months in prison while Sucart’s lawyer, Ed O’Donnell, will seek four months of house arrest for Yuri, citing poor health in recent months.

Sucart remains the only defendant not to have pleaded guilty but it is widely believed that he may change his not-guilty plea during a court hearing in the U.S. Southern District of Florida. Yuri Sucart is charged with conspiring to distribute Testosterone and five counts of distributing testosterone, which are punishable by a total of 20 years in prison. According to court records, the lawyers of Sucart have threatened to disclose that Sucart was the “steroid mule” of Alex Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Yuri Sucart’s wife, Carmen Sucart, has remarked the secrets of Rodriguez will be exposed in court. Previously, Carmen had disclosed that Alex Rodriguez came to their home in the spring of 2012 and asked them to sign a confidentiality agreement in exchange for $50,000 and an apartment. Carmen added that they declined the deal and Rodriguez peed on the wall. Carmen also reiterated her disdain for the baseball star and questioned her motives after A-Rod apologized for his disastrous effort to escape a season-long doping ban. Carmen said the letter to the fans is a lie and added the reckless campaign of Rodriguez and his denials, legal warfare, and finger-pointing had wrought destruction upon her family. She vowed that truth will prevail if the attorney of his husband gets to cross-examine Alex before a jury and audience at the Miami courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga.

Recently, Rodriguez, known as “A-Rod,” made a return to the field for the New York Yankees for spring training in Tampa after he was suspended by the MBL for the entire 2014 season over the Biogenesis doping scandal.

pdf_iconDownload in PDF: Yuri Sucart Expected To Plead Guilty

Thursday 13, Nov 2014

A-Rod Confessed To Making Payments For Testosterone-Filled Syringes And Creams

Posted By

A rod confessed to making payments for testosterone-filled syringes and creams

The Miami Herald has reported that Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance enhancing drugs in an interview with federal agents. The newspaper revealed the New York Yankees superstar made this disclosure during investigations in the context of a Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of baseball’s doping scandal.

Rodriguez, who was given immunity, also revealed that Anthony Bosch, owner of the clinic, told him to use mid-stream urine to beat an MLB urine test for PEDs. The Herald report also disclosed that Rodriguez admitted to using the drugs from 2010 to 2012.

Joseph Tacopina, the New York-based attorney of Rodriguez, said he would not comment on the report. Tacopina remarked Grand jury secrecy law, which appears to have been violated, prevents me from answering one way or the other.

The Herald reported, citing a 15-page summary of the meeting between Rodriguez and federal agents, the baseball star admitted to buying and using hormone-filled syringes and creams from the clinic. The 39-year-old was banned by Major League Baseball for violating the MLB’s anti-doping program. According to the report, A-Rod injected human growth hormone into his stomach and even described how Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-defunct clinic, gave him tips on evading doping tests of MLB.

A few weeks ago, Bosch pled guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

It is believed Rodriguez told federal agents that he first met Bosch in the 2010 summer when he was trying to lose weight and was struggling with a knee injury. The paper said A-Rod confessed to using various testosterone-laced products, including lozenges known as “gummies.” The Herald gained access to documents as criminal charges were pursued by prosecutors against Bosch and six others tied to the scandal, including Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart.

Prosecutors disclosed that Rodriguez gave a total of $900,000 in late 2013 to Sucart after the lawyers of Sucart threatened the baseball star, according to court records. It was Sucart who introduced Rodriguez to Bosch, the Herald reported. Documents recently unsealed in the federal criminal case against Yuri Sucart revealed that Rodriguez paid about $1 million, plus other benefits, as part of a settlement agreement to Sucart, his cousin and former personal assistant. The cousin of Rodriguez is facing charges that he conspired to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone.

The Yankees recently reinstated Rodriguez and could move him from third base to first base in the coming season.

The professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball is not new to controversies. Recently, Yuri Sucart’s wife accused him the 39-year-old slugger pissed on the floor when they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2012. Rodriguez had offered to pay the Sucart family to keep them silent about his drug use and extramarital womanizing. Carmen said Alex is so poor and the only thing he has is money and added he sleeps with his money and he will die with his money. She went on to remark that Alex was so arrogant and he came into my house like he thought he was a god.

Next Page »