Things are not looking good for the Yankees slugger known the world over as Alex Rodriguez. A source with knowledge of his doping investigation revealed to USA Today Sports that the baseball star could get lifetime bans before the weekend starts.
Eight others are facing suspensions.
Commissioner Bud Selig is ready to inflict a punishment on Rodriguez, much harsher than the rumored 100-game suspension, as early as Thursday (Aug. 1) or Friday (Aug. 2). “I hope he does it,” ex-Commissioner Fay Vincent told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s right for baseball. The harder he comes down, the better it is for baseball.”
David Cornwell, an attorney for Rodriquez, says he will appeal the decision.
A-Rod already admitted to using steroids. He’s been probed over ties to the Florida’s now closed Biogenesis clinic, and Canadian sports medicine physician Dr. Anthony Galea.
Two years ago, the doctor pleaded guilty to smuggling mislabeled drugs into the country to treat athletes. As part of the plea deal, he must cooperate with authorities and name names, if necessary. A judge said “Incarceration would not outweigh the benefit of what he has to offer his patients,” and ruled against jail time for Galea. He is not allowed in the country without clearance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
A total of 20 MLB players have been accused of getting banned enhancement drugs from the aforementioned “rejuvenation” center.