Baseball Won't Punish A-Rod Over Doping

MLB closing investigation into whether he lied
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2009 10:02 AM CDT
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – MLB will not discipline Alex Rodriguez after investigating whether he lied to baseball officials about using steroids, the New York Times reports. In March, Rodriguez admitted to investigators and the public that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, but only from 2001 to 2003. After a book published in April suggested he continued using well after that, baseball officials opened an investigation into A-Rod's truthfulness.

Investigators sought to interview the author of A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez, but Selena Roberts declined. The book asserts that Rodriguez received banned substances from trainer Angel Persinal through 2004—other reports say his relationship with the player lasted until 2007—but many of the accusations are outdated and anonymous. An interview with Persinal yielded no new information.