Alex Rodriguez’s statement

“First, bear with me. I’m a little nervous, or a lot nervous, so bear with me a little bit.

“Let me start by thanking the Yankees, my teammates, our fans, for your support over the last couple weeks. The fact that you’re sitting with me here today means the world to me. The last couple weeks have been difficult and emotional.

“On the one hand, it’s extremely tough to admit mistakes. But on the other hand, it feels great to be moving forward. I know that I’m in a position where I have to earn my trust back, and over time I am confident that at the end of my career, people will see this for what it is: a stupid mistake and a lesson learned for a guy with a lot of baseball to play.

“Last Monday, I began the first step in the process of earning back trust when I sat down with Peter Gammons. I did so to accomplish two things: to tell the truth and to apologize to my teammates and baseball fans everywhere. Now the next step is to address the media about what I took and where it came from.

“On reflection, here’s what I remember: As I discussed with Peter Gammons, in the year 2001, 2002 and 2003, I experimented with a banned substance that eventually triggered a positive test. In September 2004, I had a meeting with Gene Orza.

“During that meeting, he explained to me that I had been among the players from which people might conclude that I tested positive. That was as specific as Gene could be, because Gene stated to me that there were a number of players on that list who might not have actually tested positive.I think it is important to know that the tests that were taken in 2003 were requested and voted by players to determine the extent of the drug problem in Major League Baseball.

“Going back to 2001, my cousin started telling me about a substance that you can purchase over-the-counter in DR know as, in the streets, known as boli or bole. It was his understanding that it would give me a dramatic energy boost and otherwise harmless. My cousin and I, one more ignorant than the other, decided it was a good idea to start taking it. My cousin would administer it to me, but neither of us knew how to use it problem, proving just how ignorant we both were.

“It was at this point, we decided to take it twice a month for about six months during the 2001, 2002 and 2003 season. We consulted no one and had no good reason to base that decision. It was pretty evident that we didn’t know what we’re doing. We did everything we could to keep it between us, and my cousin did not provide any other players with it. I stopped taking it in 2003 and haven’t take it since.

“I stopped taking the substance for several reasons. In 2003, I had a serious neck injury and it scared me half to death. I was scared for my career and truly my career after baseball–my life after baseball. Secondly, after our voluntary test, all the players voted for a major league drug policy. At that time, it became evident to me how serious this all was, and I decided to stop then.

“Since that time, I’ve been tested regularly. I’ve taken urine tests consistent with Major League Baseball and blood tests for the World Baseball Classic. Before I walked here today, I took a test as part of my physical, and I’ll take another blood test next week for the Classic.

“In the days ahead, I know that a lot of people are going to debate my past with various opinions. People are going to talk about my future as though it’s already been determined, however, I realize that these opinions are out of my control. What is within my control is going out and doing the job that I am blessed to do. Spring training represents a new start for me and a chance to win a championship, two opportunities I’m very excited about.

“It isn’t lost on me the good fortune I’ve received from playing baseball. When I entered the pros, I was a young kid–the major leagues. I was 18 years old, right out of high school. I thought I knew everything, and I clearly didn’t. Like everyone else, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. The only way I know how to handle them is to learn from them and move forward. One thing I know is for sure that baseball is a lot bigger than Alex Rodriguez.

“And to my teammates — (pause) — thank you.”

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NO you know what-
I HOPE HE RIPS A MUSCLE and is OUT FOR THE YEAR-MAYBE LONGER!!

POS-LIAR-LOSER

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Now I know that this guy is a P.O.S. Liar-Cheating-Chocking loser!!!
What a JERK!!!

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Texas Ranger fan here. What A-Rod has done is far more damaging to himself than to anyone else. He has damaged his name and probably cost himself a spot in the Hall of Fame. Let up on the guy. But here are a couple of points A-Rod when you do something 2X a month for 6 months for three years that is called cycling and isn’t an experiment. With all of that $400 + million that you have earned can’t you buy some good advice. You would have been better off just saying, look it was part of the baseball culture and wasn’t against baseball’s rules. I am a competitor and was always looking for ways to take care of my body and gain optimal performance. I know exactly what i took and why i took it. I can now see that it was a mistake both morally and physically endangered my health, which is why i am now taking HGH which Sylvester Stallone, “Rocky” a.k.a. “Rambo” has told me won’t hurt me……. He has made himself to look like a fool by not sticking to the fact that he used and why. He openly admitted to basically paying his “cousin” to smuggle the steroids into the United States. He defended this by saying the drugs are obtainable without a prescription in the Dominican Republic. Thats ok if you take them there, but when you pay someone to transport them into the U.S. then that is a violation of Federal Law. Why the idiot brought that up is amazing, i guess he is feeling guilty. Surely his lawyers should have told him do not admit to any Federal Law violations, why bring this up? The federal boys love this kind of stuff the Federal Prosecutor would love to prosecute him for conspiracy to traffic drugs and make a name for himself. A-Rod probably won’t go to jail but you just don’t confess to criminal acts. Make them prove it all.. Realistically A-Rod could have fought this in court sued SI and probably won for invasion of privacy and violation of his Hippa Rights. Baseball and the Yankees didn’t want this so as A-Rod said, “i made my bed now i gotta sit on it?” I think it goes i made my bed and now i gotta lie in it. Is the guy that far out of touch?

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Where did he say “I’m sorry”?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

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