Soon after being slapped with an unprecedented 211-game ban, the New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez vehemently denied buying any drugs or human growth hormones from Biogenesis of America – the infamous South Florida-based health clinic.
Even in an interview earlier this month he stood firm and insisted he was innocent. But while his statements in front of cameras say one thing, a report by Miami Herald claims that Rodriguez had admitted to using banned substances to federal agents as early as January 2014.
The 39-year-old purportedly admitted his guilt after the Drug Enforcement Agency gave him immunity from persecution, if he cooperated and assisted them in solving the Biogenesis scandal.
In the a 15-page synopsis of the meeting between Rodriguez and DEA agents, Herald says that Rodriguez confessed to buying $12,000 worth of drugs and HGH each month. The now defunct health clinic's founder Anthony Bosch is said to have also given advice to Rodriguez on how to beat drug testing procedures.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, a close associate of Rodriguez's has confirmed that a meeting – as pointed out in the Herald report – did in fact take place, further confirming that the MLB star propagated his lie to the press over and over again.
In the now infamous WFAN interview of last November, an emotional Rodriguez pleaded his case hysterically after MLB refused to cut his 211-game ban short.
"I've been taking it one day at a time and respecting the process and today I lost my mind," he told Mike Francesa. "I banged the table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room...but what we saw today, it was disgusting and the fact that the man from Milwaukee that put this suspension on me without one bit of evidence, something I didn't do. And he doesn't have the courage to come look me in the eye and tell me this is why I get 211 [game suspension]?"
A few weeks before an arbitrator reduced his ban, Rodriguez again displayed the same confidence, 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 it's not just face saving A-Rod sought all this time. The man who has signed two quarter-billion-dollar deals in a career spanning two decades, still has three years and $60 million left on his contract with the Yankees. It just goes to show what the world of sports has come to. Despite admitting to using banned substances to reach the heights he did, Rodriguez will still be seen in the MLB and collect paychecks that would financially secure him across generations.