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Sports: A-Rod ‘duped’ into taking steroids, New York Daily News source says

From: Big League Stew

by David Brown


The Alex Rodriguez suspension arbitration hearing is underway at MLB headquarters in New York City, and alleged leaks already are being reported. The New York Daily News — which has been, let’s say, inconsistent in its accuracy regarding the A-Rod/Biogenesis saga so far — says his defense team is going to base part of its strategy on its client not knowing what supplements he might have been taking. I’ll give the NYDN this: It’s a good lead sentence:

Alex Rodriguez says if he doped, he was duped.

According to a source with knowledge of Rodriguez’s ongoing arbitration hearings, the embattled Yankee and his lawyers have presented a case based partly on the idea that Rodriguez believed the substances he procured from the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic were innocent legal supplements.

That narrative conflicts with the version told by Anthony Bosch, the founder and proprietor of the now-shuttered facility, who spent part of Monday and almost all of Tuesday testifying before the three-person panel that will decide on the appropriateness of the 211-game doping ban Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig imposed upon Rodriguez in August.

A-Rod’s side, via ESPN, already has denied that ignorance is part of their defense.

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