It’s one thing to argue that A-Rod’s offenses against baseball and nature are not as big a deal as some people make them out to be. To say that, when someone like Bill Madden compares him to a guy convicted of 11 murders, perhaps people are losing perspective. Or, at the very least, that a 162-game suspension for what he did was too great, without legal basis and a big overreach by Major League Baseball. I’ve said that stuff a lot and I stand by it.
But you do have to be a special kind of person to think that A-Rod has been telling the truth all this time when he publicly denied being caught up in the Biogenesis stuff. That was never really plausible as a basic factual matter, even if the evidence for it may not have been strong or reliable enough to satisfy certain legal hurdles. Put differently, it’s reasonable to say that Major League Baseball and the Court of Public Opinion’s cases against Rodriguez were flawed or overblown, but it’s not been reasonable to say, as A-Rod has said in the past, that it was a “witch hunt” or that he was innocent. There were witches in these cases, and the evidence against A-Rod was not fantasy land stuff.
And, as the Miami Herald reports today, when push came to shove, A-Rod did not claim innocence:
But in a Drug Enforcement Administration conference room back in January, facing federal agents and prosecutors who granted him immunity, baseball’s highest-paid player admitted everything . . . 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.
“Rodriguez injected the HGH into his stomach,” the DEA report stated. “Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery.”
Rodriguez also described how Bosch gave the ballplayer “tips on how to beat MLB’s drug testing,” according to the DEA report.
It’s pretty damning. But, unless you were of the belief that A-Rod didn’t do anything wrong before (which, I think amounts to about 0.02% of us) it’s not like he can be damned any more for this. We knew he was liar about this stuff already. The key debate was whether it also made him a monster or justified an unprecedented suspension that went beyond the parameters of the Joint Drug Agreement and CBA.
But yes, this does establish just how blatantly A-Rod lied about it all. And gives you some insight into the special kind of thinking he and his advisors thought was a good idea for a good chunk of the last year and a half.