NYDN: A-Rod sought legal supplements from Victor Conte in 2012

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Via Teri Thompson & Michael O’Keeffe: Alex Rodriguez showed up to former BALCO king Victor Conte’s doorstep last May with former NFLer Bill Romanowski in search of legal supplements to help his performance. The Yankees had an off-day in Oakland late last May before kicking off a West Coast road trip.

Conte, who served four months in prison for conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering, met with MLB investigators last week and said he initially declined to meet with A-Rod before he showed up uninvited. He recommended an increase in protein intake and to stop using a calcium-magnesium-zinc product. Given the people involved, the “legal supplemental” part of this is lol-worthy. Given the timing of Conte’s talk with investigators, I’m sure all of this was covered under the umbrella of the 211-game suspension handed down last week.

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  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    So, he showed up to Vic Comte’s house uninvited….with ROMANOWSKI?!

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    Well….maybe you can. I wonder if Rodman, John Rocker and Lawrence Phillips were there too.

    • Selig is an opportunistic hypocrite (formerly not the droids you’re looking for)

      Really unreally surreal.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      He should have showed up with Romonowski, Canseco, Bonds and a couple of East German female swimmers from the 70’s who now sport full beards. They could have piled out of a VW bug like clowns at the circus.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Blasting Yakety Sax from the 8-track deck

      • RetroRob

        …and Brian Downing.

        Brian Downing has to be in there somewhere.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    You had me at Romanowski.

  • trr

    Yeah…I just hope everything’s not gonna come out in drips and drabs for the next 3 months.
    I’d rather get it ll in one dose.

    • And in merrie olde England

      Have you not been witness to a smear campaign before?

    • RetroRob

      Well of course it will. MLB will drip out pieces of info over the coming months until the hearing, during the hearing, perhaps even after the hearing if they don’t get the decision they want.

      This is one area where I agree with Weiner. There is a tremendous leak in the process and there should be penalties against whomever leaks it if caught, including Selig (although he’ll have his people do it, but he should be held accountable).

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Arod’s guilty as hell so I have zero sympathy for him.

        That said, heads should have rolled years ago after the Mitchell report when Arod was the only one out of 100+ who was leaked.

        • Pat D

          Goes to show how good your memory is. ARod wasn’t mentioned in the Mitchell Report.

          That was the list of 103 players who tested positive in 2003, of which the only other names “leaked” were Manny and Great Big Fat Fuck.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            Who leaked Arod then? I thought that was the Mitchell.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            You’re right, it was the “confidential” 2003 drug testing when 100+ tested positive and only Arod’s name was leaked.


            • Pat D

              Right, which is one of the reasons that I’m on ARod’s side. Who the fuck leaked his name? Probably someone in MLB.

              He went and admitted it, for how little that’s actually worth with the current accusations. Manny and Ortiz were leaked from that, too. Manny got busted twice. Ortiz held that press conference where he said he was “going to gather all the information” and nothing’s been said of it since.

              Gee, I wonder why?

              • Manny’s BanWagon

                I was firmly on his side too the first time around but since he seemingly never stopped using, I really wish he’d just go away at this point.

                • Pat D

                  Well that helps me understand your viewpoint better.

                • Yankee Fan 1

                  My thoughts exactly, ManBan. Didn’t Selena Roberts somehow leak the info on the failed test?

  • Dro413

    Way to go Brett Gardner!! Clutch.

    • Selig is an opportunistic hypocrite (formerly not the droids you’re looking for)

      True Yankee

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    First biogenesis and then soliciting Victor Conte of all people for “legal supplements”. How stupid does he think the rest of the world really is?

    Arod either doesn’t give a shit and thinks he’s above the law or he’s got incredibly, mind numbingly poor judgement.

    The only way this could get better is if he shows up at the stadium with his new trainer and personal assistant, Jose Canseco.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    The paper says MLB interrogated Conte on Wednesday, two days after the biogenesis suspensions.

    So this looks to be a separate and additional suspendable offense.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Only if they can prove he was trying to get steroids.

      Associating with a felon isnt itself a punishable offense.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Gardner – “hey Mo, you owe me big time”
    Mo – “ok broder, wha you want”
    Gardner – “I get to cherry-pick off of that sweet pile of stuff you been getting”
    Mo – “ok, bu jus take it easy. Jus take two thing, ok ?”
    Gardner – “yeah, ok. One for each time I saved your neck !”

  • mt

    For what it is worth Conte runs a “legal supplement” company now and I have not heard that it has anything to do with illegal steroids or PEDs. This meeting with these characters looks really bad and stupid in judgment but wonder how it can be used against Arod especially when Conte is saying nothing illegal was discussed.

    Also don’t always assume that something negative about Arod has been leaked from MLB – Arod’s camp can also leak something negative about Arod that they know MLB has in order to judge reaction and get their “spin” out in front – happens in presidential politics all the time. For example, the threat of a lifetime ban by Selig before suspensions came down may not have been leaked by MLB – Arod’s camp may have leaked it to get sympathy and try to show Selig’s unreasonableness.