Alex Rodriguez denied a report from a Miami alt-weekly newspaper on Tuesday that he had allegedly used performance enhancing drugs, despite admitting four years ago to using them from 2001 to 2003.
The report from the Miami New Times alleges that Rodriguez was one of several MLB players who purchased human growth hormones and other performance-enhancing substances. Other players included Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal, and the report posted copies of what it claims to be handwritten records from Anthony Bosch, the man who runs Biogenesis, the Miami-based clinic that reportedly gave the substances to Rodriguez and other athletes, according to a report form the Associated Press:
The paper said the records list that Rodriguez paid for HGH; testosterone cream; IGF-1, a substance banned by baseball that stimulates insulin production; and GHRP, which releases growth hormones.
The New York Yankees third baseman could potentially be suspended for 50 games if the allegations prove to be true, and he would forfeit $7.65 million of his $28 million salary. He is already going to miss the first half of next season following hip surgery earlier in January.
Rodriguez' publicist issued a statement in which he said that the news report is not true, maintaining that his client was never a patient of Bosch's and that the aforementioned handwritten documents from Bosh specifically regarding Rodriguez are not credible.
"The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. He was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate."