Rodriguez doping admission raises more questions

Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:43am EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez said he hoped to move forward by owning up to using performance-enhancing drugs, yet his admission was met with a wave of skepticism on Tuesday.

"Body of Lies!" ran the Daily News front page headline alongside a picture of Rodriguez sunbathing last year in Central Park.

The New York Post wrote in red "Liar. Cheat." on its front page about Major League Baseball's highest paid player.

The tabloids pounced on unanswered questions in the interview Rodriguez gave ESPN on Monday after Sports Illustrated revealed he was one of 104 players who tested positive in a confidential doping survey in 2003.

Other influential voices in the media and in baseball joined the chorus wondering what Rodriguez took, how he got it, and exactly how long he actually used banned substances.

Rodriguez, who had been considered a clean player who could lead baseball out of a steroids era by overtaking Barry Bonds as all-time home run king, said he used banned substances from 2001-2003 while with the Texas Rangers but did not know what he took in the "loosey-goosey" culture of the day.

"I feel good today about coming forward and being honest and turning the page for the next chapter of my life," said Rodriguez, in the second year of a record 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees.

Rodriguez was reported to have tested positive for steroids and testosterone. "I'm ready to put everything behind me and go play baseball," he said.   Continued...