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Alex Rodriguez's career was already going downhill, but the last few months have seen it go into a screaming tailspin. First came a brutal postseason, and then came word that he needed another hip surgery. The last thing he needed this winter was a central role in a PED scandal.
Naturally, that's what he got.
The Miami New Times' report about the dealings of a now-closed wellness clinic in South Florida is a bombshell for all involved parties—whether we're talking the players named in the report or Major League Baseball itself. But it didn't hit anybody as hard as it hit Rodriguez.
A-Rod is by far the biggest star player named in the report, and he's named over and over and over again. The records say that he was using PEDs from 2009 through 2012, not exactly ancient history.
Rodriguez has denied the allegations, but the situation doesn't look good for him. He's admitted to using PEDs in the past, and now he's linked to a PED supplier that allegedly supplied drugs to Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal, all of whom were caught cheating in 2012.
There's a chance that nothing could come of the report, as the allegations within can't be treated as gospel until more evidence comes to light.
But there's also a chance that the report is the beginning of the end for A-Rod. He could be suspended by MLB, in which case the Yankees could possibly void his contract. If not, he could be forced into an early retirement anyway, as his body may crumble without the PEDs he was allegedly taking these last few years.
This is assuming he doesn't get hit by a wayward meteorite first. At the rate he's going, that seems like a real possibility.
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