Victor Conte knows a thing or two about the steroids scandals that’s been sweeping the MLB for the past couple of decades. He is, after all, the founder of BALCO: the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because this was the group that supplied several high profile baseball players in the early 2000s with performance enhancing steroids. Conte was on “The Jim Rome” show Wednesday when he made quite the interesting admission while discussing his relationship with Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. He confirmed a report that A-Rod recently contacted him in search of legal products that could give him an edge, which could explain a lot in MLB’s investigation.
“In the month previous to his visit I was contacted by Bill Romanowski a couple times,” Conte said on the show. “He expressed that Alex would like to meet with me for consultation regarding nutritional supplementation,” he told Rome. “They wanted to make sure that nobody was in the building and the coast was clear and so on. It was a little bit bizarre that they didn’t just mosey on in.”
It didn’t just end there. Conte went on to make a very bold claim, stating that half of the league is on some sort of performance enhancing drug. You hear that, MLB?
“If I define (players using performance-enhancing drugs) as the entire calendar year, including the offseason, I believe it’s about 50%. Listen, performance-enhancing drugs work. I know that.”
Check out a brief snippet of the interview below. These statements could have some major implications in MLB’s quest to snuff out this problem.
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