After Alex Rodriguez said his cousin easily obtained the steroid "boli, or bole" from the Dominican Republic, the chorus of doubt rose up against him. Many thought it was just "Alex being Alex," lying again and not telling the whole truth. A-Rod claimed you could just go into a pharmacy and buy steroids, easy as that.
So Gregg Sarra of Newsday went to the Dominican Republic to see if the story held up.
Sure enough, it did.
MasterCard and Visa were welcome, and the pharmacy would not have been averse to mailing them to the States, I was told.
The transaction took less than three minutes as the pharmacist provided me with 250 mg of Sustanon, a 2.5-ml syringe, and 50 ml of Deca-Durabolin with a 2.5-ml syringe.
Sarra was also told that Primobolan, which Rodriguez was referring to in his press conference, was "very popular" at the pharmacy.
Now, this doesn't make A-Rod a saint, by any stretch of the imagination, but maybe we shouldn't be so hard on the guy. He's done far more than Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Mark McGwire by at least admitting what he did.
He's gone into greater detail than Andy Pettitte, Brian Roberts and Paul Byrd, who got off without any pressing questions from the media.
A-Rod did something wrong and his stats and legacy will be forever tainted by that. But it's been three weeks now, can we give the guy a break?
(Image courtesy AliBaba.com, where you can easily purchase steroids over the internet.)