Aroid Linked to PED's As Recently as 2012
Report: Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez linked to PEDs as late as 2012
An explosive, detailed report by the Miami New Times names Alex Rodriguez among a slew of pro sports players linked to a Miami-area doping company, with evidence that Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs as recently as the 2012 season.
Two MLB players previously thought clean – Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz and Nationals ace Gio Gonzalez – were also named in logs reviewed by the New Times, as were Melky Cabrera, Yasmani Grandal and Bartolo Colon, all of whom were suspended for taking banned substances last season.
Rodriguez had previously admitted to using steroids, but claimed he had only used them from 2001-2003, while he was playing for the Rangers.
Rodriguez's name appears 16 times throughout the records New Times looked at during their investigation, as either “Alex Rodriguez”, “Alex Rod” or a nickname, “Cacique.” The mentions of Rodriguez begin in 2009 and continue through the 2012 season, naming the exact regimen the star slugger is alleged to have taken, including banned substances such as HGH and IGF-1.
A-Rod's cousin, Yuri Sucart, whom he named as the person who procured him PEDs during his 2009 confession, also appears in the logs.
The New Times notes that former employees also recall that the company's owner “would openly brag about selling drugs to Rodriguez.”
The names were found among several notebooks detailing clients of the doping company.
The Miami connection first came into the spotlight when ex-Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez tested positive for a banned substance. Ramirez claimed that the substance had been prescribed to him by a “personal doctor,” was later identified as Pedro Bosch. Pedro's son, Anthony, is alleged to be at the head of the Miami doping ring.