Absent from baseball in 2013, Alex Rodriguez was giving the feds a master class on steroid abuse and drug test evasion.
On Tuesday the Daily News revealed that Rodriguez had agreed to cooperate with federal agents investigating the Biogenesis doping scandal last Jan. 29 while meeting with prosecutors as they pursued Anthony Bosch and his Biogenesis drug operation. Rodriguez signed a proffer agreement that day, giving him limited immunity from prosecution if he truthfully aided investigators.
Then on Wednesday the Miami Herald shed more light on that confession, quoting from a DEA agent’s 15-page synopsis of the Jan. 29 meeting that specifies which doping habits Rodriguez admitted to in the interview.
Rodriguez confirmed, according to the Herald, reports in the media that he paid fake Florida doctor Anthony Bosch $12,000 a month for steroid cream, edible testosterone “gummies,” and human growth hormone injections; that Bosch coached him on how to beat MLB drug tests; and that the go-between linking Rodriguez to Bosch was A-Rod’s cousin Yuri Sucart.
“Rodriguez injected the HGH into his stomach,” the DEA report stated, according to the Herald. “Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery.”
The reports show that Rodriguez was capable of privately admitting to performance-enhancing drug use while publicly denying it at an enormous cost to his career and reputation.