ESPN’s Peter Gammons asked Alex Rodriguez directly whether he used PEDs from 2001-03.
“That’s pretty accurate, yes,” he said.
What does that mean? Does that mean more than three years or less? The Yankees will want to know the exact timing given that Rodriguez came to New York in 2004. I don’t believe they have grounds to void his contract, but the club will want to know whether Rodriguez used PEDs while he was in their employ.
The Yankees have not yet commented on Rodriguez’s admission. There is likely to be something later on today.
Rodriguez also denied knowing what substances he took. This is the same player who literally brings his own food to the clubhouse every day. So for three years, he injected drugs into his body without knowing what they were?
There are still some holes in this story. How did Rodriguez get the drugs? How long exactly did he use them and was he tipped off about upcoming tests by the MLBPA?
If what he said is true this time, Rodriguez stopped using right around the time MLB instituted drug testing. He has not tested positive since and was subjected to Olympic-style testing in 2006 when he participated in the World Baseball Classic. That same level of testing is in place for the upcoming WBC.
Shameless plugs: I’ll be on SNY’s The Wheelhouse at 5:30 p.m. today My segment will be around 5:45 p.m. I’m also scheduled for ESPN’s First Take tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.