When I first heard today that Alex Rodriguez had been contacted by federal investigators regarding Dr. Anthony Galea, who is accused of selling HGH, I thought nothing bad would come it. Now, after reading what Michael Schmidt wrote about it in the Times…well…I’m not so sure. Some snips from Schmidt:
Last December, concerned Yankee officials reached out to representatives of their star slugger Alex Rodriguez. Along with everyone else in baseball, they had just learned that a Canadian-based doctor named Anthony Galea was under investigation as a possible distributor of performance-enhancing drugs.
The Yankees were particularly concerned, said a person in baseball with knowledge of what occurred, because Rodriguez was monitored by a chiropractor last season who had worked closely with Galea in the past.
Now, however, those same Yankees officials are not sure what to think.
Asked by reporters if he had been treated by Galea, Rodriguez responded: “I can’t really get into that. You’ll know within time, all at the same time.
The New York Times reported on its Web site Sunday night that investigators had information indicating that Rodriguez was treated by Galea at some point in the past. In addition, The Times reported that an athlete who was treated by Galea in Canada said he had been told by the doctor that he had previously traveled to New York to treat Rodriguez.
Monday’s remarks by Rodriguez thrust the Yankees back into territory with which they have become familiar in recent seasons.
Because they do not want to be seen as impeding a federal investigation, the Yankees and Major League Baseball will probably wait until after Rodriguez meets with the authorities before questioning him. For the moment, the Yankees find themselves unsure of what Rodriguez’s dealings with Galea entailed, if indeed there were any, and where they could lead.
But in a written statement issued shortly after Rodriguez spoke, the Yankees tried to put some distance between themselves and Rodriguez, their 34-year-old star.
“The Yankees never authorized Dr. Tony Galea to treat Alex Rodriguez, nor do we have any knowledge of any such treatment,” the statement said.
Hmmm…maybe it’s time to ask that hypothetical question again?
So, Yankees fans – and just baseball fans in general – what are you thoughts on all this? Could there be something here? And, if so, how would you feel about it?