Trainer Refutes Canseco, Says A-Rod's No Juicer

'Max' says he's '100%' against enhancers, as was star shortstop
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 4:34 PM CDT
Former major league baseball player Jose Canseco.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A personal trainer says he's the man portrayed in Jose Canseco’s latest tell-all as pushing steroids on Alex Rodriguez; but Joseph Dion—called "Max" in Vindicated—denies any juicing ever happened and says he’s “hurt in every way” by the insinuation. The trainer maintains that throughout their relationship, he and A-Rod were both decidedly anti-steroids, Sports Illustrated reports.

“That’s really, really funny,” Dion says, “because I am the one person that hates steroids. … And, A-Rod … was 100% against steroids.” Canseco is scheduled to testify before federal agents next week in the high-profile drugs probe, but Dion is unfazed: “I’m clean,” he insists. “I have no reason for concern.”