Report: Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids

February 7, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Just like a lot of baseball players of his time, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site on Saturday. Perhaps not coincidentally it’s the year he won both the American League home run title and Most Valuable Player award.

Rodriguez was named the American League MVP in 2003, a year in which he netted his third-straight home run title. He is currently the highest-paid player in the league with a 10-year contract he signed in 2007 worth up to $305 million.

The Mets The magazine said that according to four unidentified sources, the Yankees’ star third baseman, who was traded from the Texas Rangers in February 2004, tested positive for testosterone and an anabolic steroid known by the brand name Primobolan.

The magazine said that Rodriguez’s name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancers in a 2003 baseball survey.

The results of the 2003 testing were supposed to remain anonymous under an agreement between Bud Selig’s office and the MLB Players Association. But the results were seized by warrant-wielding federal agents in 2004 as part of the BALCO investigation, according the article. Two of the SI sources have “knowledge of the testing results.”

The first accusation of Rodriguez’ steroid use came from Jose Canseco. Canseco’s steroid tell-all Vindicated, in which he claims he introduced the Yankees slugger to a known steroid dealer.

While Major League Baseball’s drug policy has prohibited the use of steroids without a prescription since 1991, there were no penalties for a positive test in 2003.

When questioned by a reporter for Sports Illustrated at a gym in Miami on Thursday, Rodriguez said, “You’ll have to talk to the union.” Asked if there was an explanation for his positive test, he said, “I’m not saying anything.”


One Response to “Report: Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids”

  1. coffee on February 13th, 2009 5:45 pm

    at this point i can hardly remember whether using steroids in pro sports is illegal or not

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