Selig: A-Rod 'Shamed the Game'

MLB boss, powerless to impose penalty, scolds player over drug use
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2009 7:23 AM CST
MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaking during a news conference discussing the Mitchell Report in New York. Selig says Alex Rodriguez has "shamed the game,"    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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(Newser) – Bud Selig slammed Alex Rodriguez yesterday for "shaming the game" by using steroids, reports the AP. Angry words may be the only thing the MLB commissioner can use to punish the Yankees player, however, since his positive test was meant to be anonymous and took place years before the enactment of an agreement that mandates penalties for drug use.

"What Alex did was wrong," Selig said, "and he will have to live with the damage he has done to his name and reputation.” Selig stressed that players caught using drugs since 2005 have been suspended for up to 50 games, and he vowed to continue unrelenting efforts to stamp out the use of banned substances in baseball.