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If you thought Alex Rodriguez's PED use was limited to Tony Bosch and Biogenesis, think again. In 2009, Rodriguez admitted to using PEDs when his name was leaked in connection with a failed drug test from 2003. Who's to say when he started using PEDs and when (if at all) he stopped. One connection that had yet to made - until now - was to BALCO. Victor Conte and BALCO were at the heart of the Barry Bonds investigation and trial. They were also connected to Jason Giambi and other high-profile players. Now, there's an Alex Rodriguez connection too.
According to Teri Thompson and Michael O'Keeffe of the New York Daily News, Rodriguez met with Victor Conte to discuss enhancing his performance. Conte recalls Rodriguez looking for legal ways in which he could gain an edge, but he didn't want anyone finding out about the meeting.
“If the media knew I was talking to you, that would be bad,” Veronica Conte remembered Rodriguez saying. “We both have these histories. He was basically saying, ‘I can't have any trace of Victor Conte.’ ”
This new connection - while not explicitly PED-related - comes from Major League Baseball's investigation into Biogenesis. Victor Conte was interviewed as part of the investigation, and his information may be part of what led MLB to suspend Rodriguez for so long. Of course, Conte's credibility is about as good as Bosch's, maybe worse. For those who did not like MLB's tactic in investigating this case, Conte is just another example of flawed information gathering. On the other hand, those who feel MLB is completely on point with what they are doing will say someone like Conte is perfect because of his direct knowledge.
Regardless of Conte's testimony, he said repeatedly that Rodriguez was seeking legal substances to use. He explained to the New York Daily News that he wanted to help the investigation because he wants to improve the game.
“I was eager to meet with (MLB) because I wanted to answer their questions (about Rodriguez),” Conte said during an interview with the Daily News in the SNAC offices. “I also wanted to give my input and have them take it back to (commissioner) Bud Selig. I wanted to share my ideas about improving Major League Baseball’s drug program. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.”
As everyone knows by now, Rodriguez is facing a 211 game suspension. He has formally appealed and is expected to play out the rest of this season. Many people feel Rodriguez will win his appeal in the sense that it will not ultimately be a 211 game suspension, but rather something shorter. Not many, if anyone, thinks Rodriguez will get away with no suspension.
While Conte suggests that he only consulted with Rodriguez on legal substances, questions have to be asked. Why would Rodriguez meet with him about legal substances given Conte's history? Why did Rodriguez want to be so secretive about the meetings (the obvious answer is there, but legal substances would be something he wouldn't concern himself with, right?)?
The questions outweigh the truth so far in Rodriguez's entire PED investigation. There's surely more information out there, but Major League Baseball has not yet released it. Maybe they never will.
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