When I think of this whole A-Rod thing now, four snapshots in time stand out the most to me: When he lied during the Katie Couric interview, when he lied during the Peter Gammons interview, when he lied during the 2009 pre-season press conference in Tampa, and when he lied on the Mike Francesa after storming out of his hearing.
Here they are:
December 16th, 2007: In a “60 Minutes” interview with Katie Couric, Rodriguez tells her that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs. “I’ve never felt overmatched on the baseball field,” says Rodriguez.
February 9th, 2009: Admitting to his doping past following the SI report, Rodriguez tells ESPN’s Peter Gammons in a televised interview, “I did take a banned substance, and for that I’m very sorry and deeply regretful.” A-Rod admits to using PEDs from 2001-03 only, calls the era in which he doped “loosey-goosey,” and throws SI reporter Selena Roberts under the bus, accusing her of trying to “break into my house where my (two daughters) are up there sleeping.” Miami police deny there was any such attempted break-in.
February 17th, 2009: In Tampa press conference, A-Rod reveals his cousin, later identified as Yuri Sucart, procured PEDs for him from the Dominican and that the two used them from 2001-03. Rodriguez refers to using “Boli,” a street name for Primobolan. “It was his understanding that it would give me a dramatic energy boost and otherwise harmless,” Rodriguez says. “My cousin and I, one more ignorant than the other, decided it was a good idea to start taking it. My cousin would administer it to me, but neither of us knew how to use it properly, proving just how ignorant we both were.”
November 20th, 2013: Rodriguez storms out of arbitration proceedings on second to last day after Fredric Horowitz says Selig does not have to testify. A-Rod later tells Mike Francesa during interview that, “I shouldn’t serve one inning,” of the ban, while also adamantly denying any PED use (beyond the three years he admitted to in ‘09).
Is there any question why he is now in suspension?