Via the Times –
Major League Baseball is investigating the accuracy of statements by Alex Rodriguez about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to people within baseball who were briefed on the matter.
Investigators have contacted several of Rodriguez’s associates to determine whether he used performance-enhancing drugs for a longer time than he has admitted, the people said.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing investigation.
They said that the investigation began shortly after Rodriguez met with investigators March 1 in Tampa, Fla., because they had questions about the consistency of his statements at the meeting.
Questions about the truthfulness of Rodriguez’s statements were heightened among baseball officials last week after details of a new book about Rodriguez were reported by several news media outlets. The book, “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” by Selena Roberts, asserts that Rodriguez used several different steroids under the supervision of Presinal and had human growth hormone in his possession when he played for the Yankees in 2004. In 2005, the book also says, Rodriguez was mocked by teammates who suspected that he was using drugs.
On Friday, an investigator asked Roberts if she would cooperate with baseball’s inquiry. Roberts said she would not.
“I said that as a journalist, I cover M.L.B., and cooperating with them on this would be a conflict of interest, and he said that he understood the position that I am in,” Roberts, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a former reporter and columnist for The New York Times, said Saturday in a telephone interview.
A lawyer for Rodriguez declined to comment.
Commissioner Bud Selig can discipline a player if he feels the player was not forthcoming or truthful in a meeting with investigators. But pursuing whether Rodriguez told the truth will be difficult for the investigators; unlike law enforcement authorities, they have little power to compel a witness to speak with them.
…They said that the investigation began shortly after Rodriguez met with investigators March 1 in Tampa, Fla., because they had questions about the consistency of his statements at the meeting…
…Questions about the truthfulness of Rodriguez’s statements were heightened among baseball officials last week after details of a new book about Rodriguez were reported by several news media outlets…
If true, the fact that MLB started this two months ago, and before the details of Roberts’ book came out, is bad news for A-Rod. Obviously, MLB felt that Rodriguez did not come clean in his disclosure. Hence, their probe. If someone out there wants to spill some beans on Alex, that’s all Bud and his boys will need to run with this. And, in my opinion, I don’t think the Yankees will fight a suspension if MLB lays one on A-Rod. And, it would not shock me to see the Yanks try and use what’s found, if it’s big enough, to void Rodriguez’ deal with the team – especially now that we know Alex has a hip that may prevent him from being a star player three or four years down the line from now…