After constantly denying reports, Alex Rodriguez has finally confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Rodriguez had previously denied his link to Tony Bosch, owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic.
“I have been clear that I did not use performance-enhancing substances," Rodriguez was quoted as saying in the past. He previously accused Major League Baseball of attacking him in what he called a “witch hunt” and said that he would fight the claim and take it to federal court.
Today, the Miami Herald reported its review of a 15-page “report of investigation” which was given to the DEA by Rodriguez in late January. In the report, Rodriguez admits that he paid Bosch about $12,000 a month for PED’s, including human growth hormone injections, testosterone cream and testosterone-laced lozenges.
Rodriguez’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, introduced him to Bosch in the summer of 2010 after Rodriguez said he gained some weight and wanted to drop five to 10 pounds. According to the DEA reports, “Sucart told Rodriguez that the doctor was a smart guy and a guru."
“Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery,” the DEA report states.
Rodriguez is coming off the longest steroid-related suspension in MLB history – 162 games. His suspension ended the day after the 2014 World Series, and the third-baseman has now been reinstated on the New York Yankees 40-man roster.
Rodriguez turns 40 in July and hasn’t played in the big leagues for over a year. He has two surgically repaired hips, yet the Yankees owe him $61 million over the next three years. The three-time American League MVP couldn’t prove his innocence, but it is still up in the air whether he will be able to prove his value at third base for the Yankees.