The PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs) scandal conveyed in the Miami New Times on January 29th is losing its creditability by the day.
More specifically the accusations alluding to the use of multiple banned substances by New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez that he obtained though Anthony Bosch. Bosch ran a clinic that was a supposed source for professional athletes to get PEDs in Miami.
The Miami New Times has articles linking Bosch and MLB players with PEDs dating back to June 2009 called, Meet the Miami Doctor Accused of Juicing Manny Ramirez.
Figuring out exactly what is going on with this mess is next to impossible.
New revelations keep surfacing, but still no one neutral or in charge has actually seen “Bosch’s notes” that MNT has based these allegations on.
The reason I am questioning A-rod’s involvement is because the more I learned about MNT, the more suspicious things became.
A few notes on MNT :
- Miami New Times is a weekly paper that started in 1987, and has a circulation approx. 70,000 readers.
- MNT is equal to The Village Voice in New York, as both are owned the holding company Village Voice Media.
- An anonymous source that worked at Bosch’s clinic supplied MNT with what he/she claims are Anthony Bosch’s handwritten notes about clients and PEDs.
- MNT is not an ideal media outlet for a story of this size, so presumably no one else wanted to publish an article from the allege notes obtained.
- MNT showed some garbled images of a few pages from attained notebook.
- Why did MNT not originally report that Ryan Braun’s name was found three times in the notes? MNT claims the reason is no where supplements were written next to his Braun’s name. It was only a year ago that Braun’s PED scandal unfolded so wouldn’t a link to a known PED supplier be worth including? And the fact that Braun had no problem confirming that yes; his legal team had hired Bosch as a consultant. Seems very odd that an unlicensed doctor with a torrid reputation would haul in $20,000 in consulting fees in a legal matter.
- Why would A-rod use a Bosch to get banned substances? And why would Braun’s legal team consult with Bosch who is known to have supplied PEDs to Manny Ramirez?
- Bosch has no medical license, and a confirmed history of distributing PEDs to MLB players, like Manny Ramirez dating back in 2009. Why buy PEDs or pay to consult with a man who has zero creditability, and is completely unqualified in the medical profession?
- Village Voice Media, MNT’s parent company is dire straits financially. And this is probably the biggest story any of the 17 “alternative weekly” newspapers have ever published. VVM operates the Backpage, the largest classifieds for adult services on the Internet, and is why the majority of advertisers will not associate with VVM. Ironic isn’t it that A-rod’s saga could ultimately save the company? The breaking news has blown up to gargantuan proportions and every media outlet under the sun wants to talk to MNT.
- Overall Bosch’s alleged notebooks seem very unorganized, and MNT is obviously selling names to other big time media outlets or how else did Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated and the NY Daily News all release new names found in these notes unless purchased them from MNT.
Ok that is enough to digest for now, as this list could be go on forever.
The bottom line is that A-rod’s involvement is still unproven, while MNT’s creditability gets more questionable.
But A-rod is also a known PED user.
It is no secret that prior to the start of the 2009 season, A-rod admitted to using PEDs between 2001-2003 when he played for the Texas Rangers.
And fact his admission, A-rod has not failed a drug test or been linked to PEDs of any kind.
MNT claims that A-rod never stopped, but the proof for now is sketchy at best.
Do I think A-rod is innocent?
Look, I might seem to be siding with A-rod but I am not an idiot.
I am just trying to figure out the truth here, but that is tough amidst a bunch of liars.