Jun
06

MLB still probing A-Rod’s connection to Galea

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Alex Rodriguez hanging out with his cousin is only news in the sense that he’s a famous person who did something. The story carries a little more interest, because of Yuri Sucart’s connection to steroids — after all, A-Rod was the one who outed him. But the meeting happened in a public space, and even MLB said there wasn’t any wrongdoing. Yet that has apparently led to an actual story, which Michael S. Schmidt and Serge F. Kovaleski reported in the Times yesterday. Apparently, MLB is still investigating Rodriguez’s connection to Dr. Anthony Galea, who is accused of supplying athletes with PEDs.

This is one of those things where you’re definitely better off reading the source article than our summary of it. Schmidt in particular has been following this story, and he lays it out in a reasonably easy to understand manner. But, for those who just want the facts, here’s what we know right now about the issue.

  • A-Rod met with MLB before last season to discuss the former’s connection to Galea. He denied having received PEDs.
  • Apparently A-Rod also testified before a federal grand jury for the case. I don’t think I’d heard that before. There is no word of what his testimony comprised, because of the rules of secrecy for grand jury proceedings. His lawyers wouldn’t even confirm that he did make the appearance.
  • MLB specifically wants Galea’s medical records pertaining to Rodriguez, and he has acquiesced. “Alex fully cooperated with Major League Baseball and federal authorities in Buffalo regarding his treatment with Dr. Galea, including granting a release of his medical records,” his lawyers said in a statement.
  • It is unclear why MLB has not yet received the medical records, which might be a bigger part of this story. If A-Rod did indeed give clearance, then why haven’t they seen them yet?
  • Galea maintains that he didn’t give HGH to athletes, but rather to other patients. If you’re looking for a reason why MLB is continuing their investigation, there it is. That just sounds fishy. If he’s distributing HGH, is he really going to withhold it from athletes?

As was the case last time this story came to the fore, I expect it to again fade into the background until something moves in Galea’s case. For now there appears to be no connection between Rodriguez and Galea beyond the anti-inflammatories the latter gave the former. But with A-Rod’s hip doctor, Mark Philippon, sounding skeptical upon hearing about the connection, there are definitely loose ends in this case. Since MLB seems eager, maybe even overeager, to punish anyone remotely connected to anything that might be a performance enhancer, I don’t expect this to fully go away until Galea’s case is decided.

Categories : STEROIDS!

49 Comments»

  1. Mike HC says:

    I’m sure there is nothing shady going on. All of this seems on the up and up.

  2. bonestock94 says:

    It’s good that the government can focus on sports since every other problem in the country is fixed.

  3. Will says:

    Yes, how dare a doctor prescribe a not-at-all-illegal drug to patients who are not in a sports league which forbids it.

    Seriously, Michael S. Schmidt needs to get off his high-horse and move on to stories that don’t involve massively-insinuating that any athlete that ever went to a doctor is using PEDs.

  4. CP says:

    If he’s distributing HGH, is he really going to withhold it from athletes?

    Well, if he’s an ethical doctor then he would. HGH isn’t illegal if you have a proper prescription. It is, however, against the rules of most professional sports. This would certainly be a reason to distribute it to other people, but not professional athletes.

    • Urban says:

      I was about to write the same thing until I saw your post. A doctor certainly can prescribe HGH. It is not an illegal drug. There just has to be a medical reason behind the treatment, and there are a number of known, and experimental uses for HGH allowing a doctor could prescribe the drug.

      The ethical part relates to HGH and professional athlethes/MLB players. The doctor, Galea, would know it’s a banned substance, and therefore could withold it from athletes while still prescribing it for other people.

  5. Slu says:

    I am so over steroids. To be honest, I didn’t care that much to begin with. Can’t we just move on?

  6. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Dear Baseball Fans:

    Now that the roid era is over all teams are on the same level playing field as the Bosox b/c none of their players have ever used anything illegal. Luckily we have a model franchise to follow and one that fans can be proud to root for.

    Sincerely,

    Bud Selig
    Senator Mitchell
    Big Papi’s Cousin

  7. steve s says:

    Great job by the Times to get Michael S. Schmidt to write the article. Who will write the follow-up: George S. Ruth or Louis S. Gehrig?

  8. Pat D says:

    Even if ARod gave clearance for his medical records to be seen by MLB, I’m pretty sure he’s not the one who actually has them. That would be up to Galea to hand over, I would assume.

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