Alex Rodriguez claims that he didn’t know that he had failed a PED test back in 2003 until recently when Selena Roberts told him about it.
However, in April 2004, when the feds seized records of the 2003 PED tests, MLB and the MLBPA came to an agreement to postpone 2004 testing of those who failed the test in 2003 until the MLBPA was able to notify the players that they had tested positive.
Reportedly, between August and September 2004, MLB pressed the MLBPA to notify the players so that they could be tested (in 2004, as required by the policy) before the year was out. And, again, reportedly, by September 2004, all players had been informed that they had failed in 2003.
So, A-Rod knew back in late 2004 that he failed a PED test in 2003 – and his claim of not knowing this until recently is bull-dung. Where am I going with this? Stay with me…
As far as who leaked the info on A-Rod to Selena Roberts, it could only come from those who knew about it. That pool is not very deep. It’s MLB, the MLBPA, the feds (and maybe Barry Bonds’ defense team – but that’s doubtful) and A-Rod himself. No one else should have known about the 2003 test results – unless someone among the feds, MLB, the MLBPA, etc., told a friend and that friend then leaked it.
Now, to that latter point, would Roberts have been O.K. with reporting this story with the source being a person once-removed, etc.? I doubt that. And, I doubt that it was MLB or the MLBPA who leaked the story on Alex. Further, why would the feds do it? There’s too much at risk, for the feds, to do it.
But, there’s another angle here. If Alex knew in 2004 that he failed in 2003, then you can bet credits to navy beans that Cynthia Rodriguez, his wife at the time, knew about it as well. Could you imagine a husband not sharing news like that with his wife?
And, this leads to today’s wild thought: Could it be possible that A-Rod’s ex-wife, Cynthia Rodriguez, was the one who leaked this story to Selena Roberts? Well, she had the ammo and the motive, no? I know recent reports suggest that Alex and Cynthia have been playing nice lately, but, that’s now…and who knows how ticked she was back then?