Rodriguez four years ago confessed to using PEDs from 2001-03, and last week through a PR firm he denied the worrisome Miami New Times report. The newspaper also said MLB stars Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and Nelson Cruz bought PEDs from Biogenesis of America, LLC, a now-defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables.
A fast-fading star who hit but .272 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs in 2012, the 37-year-old Rodriguez is still due an outrageous amount of money (five years/$114 million) on his Yankee deal. While MLB investigates the report’s veracity, Yankee lawyers are expected to ready a claim that the Bronx Bombers can void his contract if he has continued to feed from the PED candy counter.
The court of public opinion has already convicted all of these guys, especially on the heels of Lyin’ Lance Armstrong finally fessing up to many of his years of cheating, humiliating, suing, and bullying. We’re all fed up. But by and large we’ve grown tired of and inured to it all, no longer shocked or alarmed, barely caring what the pros pop or spray, smoke or eat or say. Deer antlers? Yeah, whatever.
We understand athletes will go all out to gain an edge, turn our money into their obscene fortunes, caring not whether they insult us, sully themselves, or permanently damage the sport they abused along the way.
They are the business. We are the pawns. Only the names of the cheats and the types of substances they use ever change.
Deer antler velvet extract. On Lewis’s final walk down the Super Bowl runway Sunday night, its mist and stench will cover him head to toe. Unlike the murder charge, maybe this time it sticks.