Is Alex Rodriguez still using steroids? This question is quite popular among baseball fans and sports enthusiasts. It was early last year in February when Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, an American professional baseball player, admitted on ESPN of using performance-enhancing drugs or steroids.
A-Rod’s Admission in February 2009
All-Star Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez, nicknames “A-Rod,” has been one of the highest paid players in baseball history. He also ended up becoming one of the few high-profile sportsmen to confess the use of steroids. In his interview with ESPN, he admitted the use of banned steroids from 2001 to 2003 while playing with the Texas Rangers because he was “in a lot of pressure” – referring to his 10-year $252 million contract. He mentioned that he was “naive” and that he “wanted to prove to everyone that [he was worth it].” The sportsman was filled with regret and apologized to his fans about his wrongdoing.
The honest admission came out a few days after Sports Illustrated published online a list of players tested positive for steroid use in 2003 – a list which was supposed to be intended for testing purposes and kept anonymous. The US government now has that list and remains sealed.
This steroid scandal involving Alex Rodriguez has brought the use of steroids and athletic performance aids back in the front pages of sports sections in newspapers and in magazines. This has prompted many to ask whether there are many cheaters like Alex, and whether bodybuilders cycle for beginners is really more widely-used than we previously thought.
On the Use of Steroids vs. Performance-Enhancing Supplements
The highly-competitive nature of professional sports imposes on a lot of pressure on sportsmen and athletes. To cope with this pressure, many users are forced to use a type of aid, procedure or device that can enhance their performance. Many of these performance-enhancing methods (such as the use of steroids) are illegal, yet there are some that are legitimate and safe. Some of the legal performance boosters include natural supplements and protein drinks. What differentiates the illegal and the legal lies in how they work in the body.