Leave it to A-Rod to make headlines during the baseball season when he isn't even playing!!
The Bronx Bomber eventually accepted his punishment, but according to Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts' new book Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era, A-Rod may have not been at fault! In fact, they claim the league actually gave him the green light to use these banned substances! They write:
"In January 2008, according to the arbitration hearing transcripts, Rodriguez requested two exemptions. He wanted to use clomiphene citrate (Clomid), a drug designed to increase fertility in women. It is also prescribed to men who suffer from hypogonadism — a testosterone deficiency — to block the production of estrogen in their bodies. The drug is popular with bodybuilders at the end of steroid cycles because it can also stimulate the body to make more testosterone.
Rodriguez also requested permission to use human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone known as HCG, popularly — and misguidedly — used for weight loss and also to produce testosterone. Both HCG and clomiphene citrate were banned with the 2008 season. [Independent program administrator Bryan] Smith approved Rodriguez’s use of clomiphene citrate that year. The exemption for HCG was denied, but according to the transcript of [MLB chief operating officer Rob] Manfred’s arbitration testimony, that denial was “more of a recordkeeping thing than anything else.” Rodriguez’s physician communicated with Smith, and “in their back-and-forth the physician informed Dr. Smith that the player was no longer using [HCG],” Manfred testified."
Once again, baseball proves to be more scandalous than a telenovela!
If these new claims turn out to be true, it definitely complicates things as it would put a pretty large portion of the blame on MLB officials for allowing this to happen right under their noses!
We guess we'll just have to wait and see!
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