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Sunday 13, Oct 2013

  A-Rod Says He Was Duped Into Taking Steroids

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A-Rod Says He Was Duped Into Taking Steroids

New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is trying every book in the trick to get his 211-game suspension behind him. The baseball star and his lawyers have presented a case which is partly based on the idea that the baseball’s highest-paid star procured substances from the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic assuming they were innocent legal supplements.

Meanwhile, Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s publicist, said we cannot provide any details of this hearing, as the chair of the arbitration panel has issued an order prohibiting all parties from commenting publicly on the confidential proceedings, but what is being reported is not true.

In August this year, A-Rod was suspended by Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig after it was found that Yankees’ star bought banned performance enhancing drugs from the Miami clinic and even tried to intervene in investigations. His recent claims conflict with those of Anthony Bosch, the founder and proprietor of Biogenesis. Bosch decided to cooperate with MLB and has already validated a wide range of documents and electronic communications with Alex Rodriguez. The MLB believes that A-Rod is now finding ‘ways’ to get the ban turned down and argues that why where the transactions kept so secretive and the cost of products were so high if Biogenesis products were legitimate.

Rodriguez’s attorneys are likely to attack the credibility of Bosch and may point that he was paid for providing evidence to MLB and was offered to being dropped from the probe if he extended cooperation to MLB. It is also believed that they may pinpoint that Bosch is the subject of many federal and state criminal investigations in Florida and the Florida Department of Health even fined him $5,000 for holding himself out as a doctor.

A-Rod was among 14 players penalized by the Major League Baseball for violating the anti-doping policy. Some of the other suspended included outfielder Nelson Cruz of Texas, Ryan Braun, and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Braun accepted a ban of 65 games while 12 other players accepted a punishment of 50 games without waging an appeal. If A-Rod’s suspension is upheld, it will be the longest non-lifetime suspension in the history of baseball.

Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) has 14 100-RBI seasons in his career and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs and the youngest to hit 600 home runs.

Hispanics Across America, a non-profit group involved in political issues, is extending its support for Rodriguez and distributed white T-shirts with Rodriguez’s No. 13. Fernando Mateo, the organization’s founder, said we support A-Rod and want to send a very clear message to Major League Baseball. Mateo remarked MLB commissioner Selig is pursuing Rodriguez out of concerns for his legacy as he is retiring after next season and added we are not going to allow them to suspend A-Rod for 211 games, take his head and put it in the living room of Bud Selig’s apartment so that he can use that as a trophy as he’s going out.

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Saturday 03, Dec 2011

  Steroid problem a thing of the past

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Bob Arum, top rank chief executive officer, defended world lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez for hiring nutritionist Angel Hernandez, who has admitted to being a steroid dealer in the past.

Hernandez admitted in May 2008 to a San Francisco court that he sold performance enhancing drugs to track stars, including former Olympian Marion Jones.

“The steroid problem is fading into the past,” Arum said.

Thursday 08, Jan 2009

  J.C. Romero’s Side of the Story

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jc-steroidsPhiladelphia Phillies reliever J.C. Romero chose to explain his side before the announcement of his 50-game suspension becomes public. He was charged for his negligence in taking over the counter  sporting supplements he had bought in a store in Cherry Hill. According to an arbitrator, Romero opted to take the supplements without even knowing what they were.

Romero recalls that he was intrigued by the new supplements being sold in the retail store where he bought his usual supplements. He went on to try these and even had his nutritionist check for any banned components in the product’s label. When the nutritionist he had been working with for several years had cleared the drug, Romero was sure he was not breaking any rules. When Phillies strength coach Dong Lien sent a sample of the supplement to Major League Baseball for testing, however, tests showed that the supplement contained a substance that could lead to a positive drug test reading. No one informed Romero though. It was only after his urine was tested when Romero had found out that there was a problem with the supplements he was taking. The question is who should really be labeled negligent?

Romero is convinced that he had done nothing wrong. According to Romero, he owes it to himself and to his supporters to speak the truth.

Romero better pray that his gut is right otherwise he would be facing a scandal that might tarnish the name he had worked so hard for to establish.

Tuesday 21, Oct 2008

  Legal Supplements – Gateway to anabolic steroid use?

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protein-powder steroidsUse of supplements like creatine and whey protein can lead to use of anabolic steroids. This is the findings of Skidmore College psychologist Tonya Dodge as reported in Times Union.

Research by Skidmore College psychologist Tonya Dodge suggests legal performance enhancing substances may serve as a gateway to steroids. Now Dodge has won a $385,000 National Institutes of Health grant to investigate that relationship in young men.

Dodge, 33, will survey 4,500 students from Penn State and her alma mater, UAlbany. She’ll ask about what they use, how risky they perceive the substances to be and how easy they are to get.

Use of the many legal supplements available is growing, Dodge said. In the case of one common supplement, Creatine, the substance helps replenish your body after bouts of energy, Dodge said, so you can recover more quickly and get back in the gym.

In previous research, Dodge found that anywhere between 15 and 20 percent of college males say they’re currently using legal performance enhancing substances.

She doesn’t take a position on whether they’re good or bad, or advocate that they be illegal.

But she did find their prevalence surprising.

“I wouldn’t have expected that many people would be using something to make them get bigger and stronger,” she said. “It suggests to me that males are unhappy with their bodies.”

Dodge’s findings are supported by one student leader at the same university. Bryant Gapard, a student senator, says supplements are widely used among their college’s athletes, particularly popular with football and baseball players.

“I don’t think I know of an athlete that does not use it,” said Gaspard, 21, a weightlifter. “I’m not saying 100 percent, but it’s very common.”

However, unlike Dodge’s claim that legal supplements are a ‘gateway to anabolic steroids’, Gaspard says no.

“I don’t think that would be a gateway drug,” he said. “If you’re an athlete, you know the side effects of steroids, so you’re not going to risk doing that.”

Numerous supplements are used by bodybuilders and athletes as alternatives to anabolic steroids.  These compounds are sometimes collectively known as steroid alternatives, which enjoy legal status in the United States and elsewhere.

Contrary to the belief of many that these steroid alternatives do not pose health risks to users, these compounds do cause side effects. Take the supplement creatine powder as an example.

Creatine is a protein made from amino acids which can cause cramping, diarrhea, increased urination, and dehydration. Because most athletes think creatine is a harmless supplement, they tend to adopt “the more the better” mentality, thus practicing megadosing.

This is just to illustrate that these legal supplements do have beneficial and detrimental effects on the body just like anabolic steroids. Now the question is why are anabolic steroids classified as controlled substances and not these supplements? This is precisely the point of supporters of anabolic steroids.