Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive for Steroids, Report Says
Courtesy of the Associated Press | 2/9/2009, 2:21 p.m.
NEW YORK€"Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in his MVP season of 2003 with Texas, according to a report by Sports Illustrated. The New York Yankees star failed a drug test for two anabolic steroids, four sources told the magazine in a story posted yesterday on its website. His name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in a 2003 baseball survey, SI said.
He reportedly tested positive for Primobolan and testosterone while playing for the Rangers. Rodriguez declined to discuss the tests when approached by SI on Thursday at a gym in Miami, where he lives in the off-season
"You'll have to talk to the union," he told a reporter. Calls from SI to union head Donald Fehr were not returned. Major League Baseball said it was "disturbed" by the report.
"Because the survey testing that took place in 2003 was intended to be non-disciplinary and anonymous, we cannot make any comment on the accuracy of this report as it pertains to the player named," MLB executive vice-president Rob Manfred said.
The players' union refused to directly address the story's accuracy. In a December 2007 interview with 60 Minutes, three days after George Mitchell's report on drugs in the sport was released, Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
"I've never felt overmatched on the baseball field. ... I felt that if I did my, my work as I've done since I was, you know, a rookie back in Seattle, I didn't have a problem competing at any level," he said.