Newsday wonders why Alex Rodriquez who admitted to using primobolan for at least 3 years, did not test positive for the anabolic steroid?
The MLB and MLB Players Association agreed to the 'screening' test in 2003. As we know Sports Illustrated found credible information that A-Rod was among those players who tested positive. However, according to the Mitchell Report, no MLB player tipped the scales with primobolan.
Nearly a month later, many of the questions raised by the original story have been answered...
If A-Rod really was taking Primobolan from 2001 to 2003, why didn't he test positive for that specific drug during the random survey in 2003? There may be a perfectly innocent explanation. Baseball needs to provide it...
...according to a breakdown of the drugs the players tested positive for in the 2003 survey released along with the Mitchell Report, not a single player tested positive for Primobolan.
According to the breakdown that was made public, 73 players tested positive for nandrolone, a hardcore oil-based injectable steroid also known as Deca-Durabolin; 26 for stanozolol, also known as Winstrol; eight for elevated levels of testosterone; five for boldenone, also known as Equipoise; three for methandrostenolone, or Dianabol, and one for clenbuterol, technically not a steroid at all but a bronchodilator used by athletes to cut fat.
Interetesting that no player tested positive for primobolan. Also interesting that only 8 players tested positive for 'elevated testosterone' Do we have any information that MLB looked at T:E ratios? Onlny 8 positive for the most popular PED?
Consider A-Rod himself: Does this cast credibility on his story... or the man responsible for the testing?
(Dr. Smith also is the man who signed off on 106 therapeutic exemptions for players diagnosed with ADD, allowing them to use drugs such as Ritalin, a powerful stimulant, without penalty.)
This is not to impugn the integrity of any of those entities or individuals, simply to ask how much more reliable the data coming from them would be if the testing were administered by an entity entirely independent of the people it is testing.