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May 1, 2009 - Steve Murch
Sports writer Selena Roberts has a new book due out Monday, "A-Rod, The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez," in which she writes that Rodriguez may have done steroids as far back as high school. There also are, according to reports on the book, allegations he continued to take some form of performance enhancer while with the Yankess.
Not a stunning revelation, but an interesting one nonetheless.
Here's my problem with it. True or not, all the stories reporting on the book, always mention excerpts citing anonymous sources. So how reliable are these anonymous sources?
The trouble with anonymous sources is you never know if it's someone who is only trying to get the truth out there, or someone with an ax grind. And why would someone with a national reputation like Roberts rely so heavily on anonymous sources, if indeed that is the case? This is not a case of national security, simply a case of men who are afraid of Alex Rodriguez and aren't man enough to stand behind their statement.
More troubling, these same "men" have to go on and complain that Rodriguez hit on teammates wives and was a cheap tipper. Who cares? All that comes off as is Roberts trying to get a piece of flesh from Rodriguez and make a cheap buck at the same time.
Now, that being said, I have no reason to believe the reports aren't correct, since we already know that Rodriguez did in fact take performance enhancing drugs when he was with Texas. So the shadow of doubt already has been cast on Rodriguez and might cast a longer one on his whole career.
It just would have been a better story if Roberts would have told her sources to man up and go on the record, or if the accusers to grow a set and stand behind their accusations. I guess we'll find out if there are players who go on the record when the book hits the shelves Monday.
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