According to a Miami Herald report, Alex Rodriguez admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch in a meeting with DEA agents and federal prosecutors on Jan. 29, 2014.
After an arbitrator reduced his punishment on Jan. 11, 2014, Rodriguez issued a defiant statement, saying “I have been clear that I did not use performance-enhancing substances … and in order to prove it, I will take this fight to federal court.”
But 18 days later, Rodriguez gave a sworn statement to the DEA and prosecutors that, between late 2010 and October 2012, he did use substances prohibited by Major League Baseball. It was completely at odds with his public statements.
According to a written “report of investigation,” Rodriguez admitted paying Bosch for supplies of testosterone cream, lozenges laced with testosterone (aka “gummies”) and human growth hormone injections.
The moral of the story is; focus less on the public outrage and denials, and more on sworn statements and affidavits.
Rodriguez suspension ended after Game 7 of the World Series, so he remains slated to join the Yankees in Tampa for spring training come February. The Yankees owe him at least $61 million through 2017.