Looking into the story behinds prominent juiced athlete is like opening a Pandora's box, as more and more comes out. It also becomes difficult to separate fact form fiction as these stories spread wide and fast.
The Los Angeles Times (along with every other media outlet in the solar system) reports on claims made in the new book about Rodriquez by Selena Roberts.
Rodriguez admitted in February to using steroids while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03 but insisted he stopped before he was traded to the Yankees in February 2004. He brushed off a question Thursday about details from Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts' upcoming book "A-Rod" that cast doubt on his earlier statements...
The New York Daily News reported Thursday that Roberts' book offers a portrait of the three-time American League most valuable player as a needy personality who wanted his ego stroked constantly and a player who tipped opponents to pitches in blowout games, hoping the favor would be returned someday.
If Rodriguez juiced in high school, he joins about 5% of males and 2.5% of females who use some sort of PED before adulthood.
ON the other hand, Doug Mientkiewicz, who attended high school with A-Rod, says he never saw the Yankee use 'roids.
They were always together in school, Mientkiewicz said. They often ate dinner together. Many players, including Rodriguez, frequently slept over at Mientkiewicz's house, which was only 10 minutes from the private school in suburban Miami.
Mientkiewicz said he never saw any signs that Rodriguez was on steroids, as is being alleged in an upcoming book by Sports Illustrated's Selena Roberts, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
"From my perspective, it would be 99.9% impossible for us not to know," said Mientkiewicz, who was a year ahead of Rodriguez in school.
"You're basically accusing every kid that's gone through puberty that they're on steroids too, huh?" Mientkiewicz said. "He gained a couple of inches height-wise too, if I remember right. . . . I knew what he looked like in ninth grade. He was skinny. Who isn't in ninth grade? He was very dedicated back then, he worked harder than anyone else."
One of Roberts' sources was a high school teammate of Rodriguez's, according to the Daily News.