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Report: A-Rod sought Victor Conte's help with PEDs

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10:32 AM ET 08.11 | Last spring, a year before Anthony Bosch catapulted into the center of Major League Baseball's latest doping scandal, Alex Rodriguez secretly sought out the advice of the man at the heart of its first major steroid crisis: Victor Conte. Now, the BALCO founder -- who served four months in prison for masterminding a huge steroid conspiracy that enveloped Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Olympic track star Marion Jones, among others -- met last week with two investigators from Major League Baseball's Department of Investigations. Conte said he spent more than two hours with the officials -- Dan Mullin and Eduardo Dominguez Jr. -- on Wednesday at his lawyer's office in San Francisco. He described how Rodriguez showed up uninvited on his doorstep in May 2012 with admitted BALCO steroid casualty Bill Romanowski, the former NFL linebacker, to discuss legal products that could give Rodriguez an edge. Conte said Rodriguez had been trying to set up a sitdown through Romanowski for two months before they finally met, the day before the Yankees kicked off a three-game series with the Oakland A's.

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August 11, 2013  10:35 AM ET

This is the story that keeps on giving. Rodriguez looks like he was willing to take anything and everything to give himself some kind of edge.

August 11, 2013  10:40 AM ET

MLB offices feeding the public choice pieces again? Really? OK Bud, you want to release everything then? No? I did not think so.

Ya wonder why the guy is fighting back? I hope Aroid goes the whole way including civil suits where Bud and his boys have to answer questions....


There are two people who could be out of baseball if that ever happened. One is a player and the other is not. That would be perfect....

August 11, 2013  10:54 AM ET

OK MLB investigators and Buddy the puppet, follow up on this information Conte gave you.

"I told them that players are using old-school testosterone, troches and creams and I believe it???s more widespread than they know.

players use old-school testosterone, delivered in fast-acting troches ??? small lozenges ??? and creams, not the designer steroids Conte gave athletes in the BALCO days. They use human growth hormone and a thyroid medicine, liothyronime, which speeds up the metabolic rate and is not on sports' banned drug lists.

he answered questions about how athletes continue to circumvent baseball???s collectively bargained drug program.

He said he told them how players pop the lozenges in their mouths right after a game (players are usually tested before games) and about testosterone pellets the size of a grain of rice that players insert under the skin over their gluteal muscles.

Conte states hehas no information to provide them with anything that could help them when MLB brings its case against Rodriguez to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.



This story should be about MLB cheating and how it is done and used to fix it......but that will not happen.

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August 11, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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OK MLB investigators and Buddy the puppet, follow up on this information Conte gave you."I told them that players are using old-school testosterone, troches and creams and I believe it???s more widespread than they know. players use old-school testosterone, delivered in fast-acting troches ??? small lozenges ??? and creams, not the designer steroids Conte gave athletes in the BALCO days. They use human growth hormone and a thyroid medicine, liothyronime, which speeds up the metabolic rate and is not on sports' banned drug lists.he answered questions about how athletes continue to circumvent baseball???s collectively bargained drug program.He said he told them how players pop the lozenges in their mouths right after a game (players are usually tested before games) and about testosterone pellets the size of a grain of rice that players insert under the skin over their gluteal muscles.Conte states hehas no information to provide them with anything that could help them when MLB brings its case against Rodriguez to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.This story should be about MLB cheating and how it is done and used to fix it......but that will not happen.

Why would MLB want to address the pink elephant in the room?

August 11, 2013  11:17 AM ET

Accountability is a Two Way Street!

If I'm The arbitrator this is how I resolve the Drug Problem in MLB!

First offense, Player 50 Games, Union 2.5 Million Fine Team 5.0 Million Fine!

Second offense, Player 150 Games Union 7.5 million Fine Team 15 Million Fine!

Third Offense Player Banned, Union Banned elect new officials, Owner loses franchise license!

That's how problems are resolved, everyone is at fault! DATS DAT!

August 11, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Accountability is a Two Way Street!If I'm The arbitrator this is how I resolve the Drug Problem in MLB!First offense, Player 50 Games, Union 2.5 Million Fine Team 5.0 Million Fine!Second offense, Player 150 Games Union 7.5 million Fine Team 15 Million Fine!Third Offense Player Banned, Union Banned elect new officials, Owner loses franchise license!That's how problems are resolved, everyone is at fault! DATS DAT!

So the arbitrator gets to make up new rules? That's an interesting new twist in how legal disputes will get resolved. Of course, it's completely insane, but why should that matter?

August 11, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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So the arbitrator gets to make up new rules? That's an interesting new twist in how legal disputes will get resolved. Of course, it's completely insane, but why should that matter?

It is all a mess. Selig made up a rule. his choice was 50 or 100 or forever. He did not have the cubes to say forever up front. He just took the days left in a season for Braun and the days left plus 162 for Arod. Braun knew a good deal so he took it.

New rules everyday for everybody it appears. Same as no rules, which works too.

August 11, 2013  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Accountability is a Two Way Street!If I'm The arbitrator this is how I resolve the Drug Problem in MLB!First offense, Player 50 Games, Union 2.5 Million Fine Team 5.0 Million Fine!Second offense, Player 150 Games Union 7.5 million Fine Team 15 Million Fine!Third Offense Player Banned, Union Banned elect new officials, Owner loses franchise license!That's how problems are resolved, everyone is at fault! DATS DAT!

Not remotely a choice without labor agreement. Arbitrators choice seems to be 50 or 100 or something in between, like 81 games ( half a season). Buds decision is indefensible per agreement between players and owners. do not see how arbitrator can go lifetime .

August 11, 2013  12:25 PM ET

This story is absolutely believable. A-Rod, who lives in New York and Miami, wanted legal health tips so he actively sought out a guy from Northern California who was the source for what is likely still the largest illegal, performance enhance drug scandal in professional sports history. Conte is so dynamic and knowledgeable about legal nutrition enhancement that A-Rod sought out an admitted steroid abuser as a middleman and ultimately wound up just knocking on Conte's door uninvited. Makes perfect sense.

August 11, 2013  12:49 PM ET

an A~Rod story every day.......sometimes more.......how lucky are we.......make it stop......I don't care about him and his egotistical problems.

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August 11, 2013  01:22 PM ET

Sounds like A-Rod gets around

August 11, 2013  01:29 PM ET
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an A~Rod story every day.......sometimes more.......how lucky are we.......make it stop......I don't care about him and his egotistical problems.

We could always go back to Favre stories.

August 11, 2013  01:58 PM ET

The Meds ARoid needs are for his head, not the other body parts.

August 11, 2013  05:03 PM ET
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We could always go back to Favre stories.

Aaarrgh! wish they would put this hearing on TV. It would be a biiiig draw. More than those late night world series games.

 
August 11, 2013  05:39 PM ET
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We could always go back to Favre stories.

LOL....might be a nice change.

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