John Rocker recently reappeared in the news by claiming he flunked a steroids test in 2000 and Major League Baseball did nothing about it. Now the ex-pitcher says A-Rod and others were told how to take the illegal drugs - by the Texas Rangers:
STEROID NATION is beaned by news that in 2002, Rocker, Rodriguez and other Rangers players were apparently “advised by management and union doctors following a spring training lecture on how to effectively use steroids.”
The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports what the controversial pitcher said about his time in Big D:
“Rocker said that doctors from management and the players’ association, following a spring training talk with the Texas Rangers about steroids and other topics, pulled himself, A-Rod, Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez aside. Rocker was with the Rangers in 2002.
“‘Look guys, if you take one kind of steroid, you don’t triple stack them and take them 10 months out of the year like Lyle Alzado did,” Rocker said the doctors told them. “If you do it responsibly, it’s not going to hurt you.’”
So, baseball wasn’t only turning a blind eye to steroid use, but telling players how to use them? It’s not the only outrageous comments Rocker has made (see: his opinions on the New York subway system), but at least those words weren’t edited out of a story.
“He also said that ‘Bud Selig is a clown and should do the entire world a favor and kill himself’. Rocker, no stranger to controversy, made those comments on Atlanta radio station Rock 100.5.”
Yet Rocker’s anti-Bud quote no longer appears in ESPN’s source story. Did the boys in Bristol decide to remove Rocker’s rant, so as not to jeopardize relations with the Commissioner’s Office?
Kind of like when the NFL “persuaded” the Worldwide Leader to cancel “Playmakers“.