Monday’s ESPN interview directly contradicted a December 2007 interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” when Rodriguez said “No” when asked if he had ever used steroids, human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing substance.
“I wasn’t even being truthful with myself,” he said Monday. “Today, I’m here to tell the truth.”
SI also reported that Gene Orza, the union’s chief operating officer, tipped off three players in September 2004 that they would be tested. Orza has denied that he did so, saying he merely reminded them late in the season that if they had not yet been tested, baseball’s drug agreement required them to be tested by the end of the regular season.
Fehr reiterated in a statement that there was no improper tipping of players.
“Any allegations that Gene Orza or any other MLBPA official acted improperly are wrong,” he said.
Rodriguez said Orza told him in August or September 2004 about the list of names that had been seized by federal investigators.
“He said there’s a government list. There’s 104 players in it. You might or might not have tested positive,” Rodriguez said.
On Friday, Rodriguez is still expected to attend an event at the University of Miami, which is renaming its baseball field in his honor.
He gave $3.9 million to the school in 2003, the largest gift ever to the Hurricanes’ baseball program and money that provided much of the resources needed for renovating the existing on-campus stadium. In return, the baseball complex will be called Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Despite the scandal, the facility will continue to bear Rodriguez’s name.
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