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If you're tired of the seemingly never-ending news reports on Alex Rodriguez, don't blame the media. Blame A-Rod. He could have put an end to all of this talk when he sat down with Peter Gammons two weeks ago, or this week when he held a press conference before the start of spring training.
Few people really cared where Rodriguez acquired the steroids, who he got them from, how he ingested them and other specifics that quite frankly don't matter as long as he took them. All anybody wanted from him was an admission that he took them, was sorry for taking them and had stopped taking them.
Instead, A-Rod concocted a story that his cousin purchased the steroids for him over the counter in the Dominican Republic and that he didn't know what he was doing was wrong.
So instead of everyone moving on with their lives and focusing on baseball, reporters were forced to vet the validity of Rodriguez's story. After all, just a few days before the press conference, he didn't know what he had taken and had given two different reasons for why he stopped (he told Gammons it was because of a neck injury and then said in the press conference it was because of new drug testing rules.)
Not surprisingly, there were inconsistencies in A-Rod's story. The drug, Primobolan, that he said was available over the counter in the Dominican Republic, never was legal in the country, and while reporters were snooping around the Dominican, they also found out he was using a Dominican trainer that was banned from Major League Baseball clubhouses. They also found out the identity of his cousin, who would not comment on purchasing the steroids illegally.
None of this would be news if Rodriguez had simply apologized and owned what he had done and moved on instead of trying to make up excuses and create a story for what had happened. Do you think anyone would care about his cousin or if Primobolan was legal in the Dominican or trace him back to a banned Dominican trainer if it wasn't for what he said?
Rodriguez would have been wise to get rid of his entire "spin control" team and hire Charles Barkley to outline his apology. Barkley, who apologized and made no excuses about his DUI and subsequent suspension when he returned to TNT Thursday night, will likely not hear much about it again and be allowed to move on with his life.
"Clearly, everybody knows I got a DUI," he said. "That's unacceptable, 100 percent my fault. ... I screwed up, I made a mistake, I'm sorry, I apologize."
There's not much you can add when someone says that. If Barkley, however, had thrown in a mysterious cousin that told him about the woman he was trying to see or acted like he didn't know what he was doing was wrong or suggested that drinking and driving was legal in Scottsdale at a certain time, it would be different story.
Life will eventually move on for A-Rod. We will soon get to the day where we focus more on his actions on the field as opposed to his comments off the field. The blame for the extended delay between those days, however, falls directly on Rodriguez's shoulders and the web of lies he stuck himself in and no one else.