After an ongoing battle between Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez regarding his alleged used of performance-enhancing drugs, the verdict is in—A-Rod is suspended until the end of the 2014 baseball season. The Yankees’ star third baseman is one of 13 major and minor league players to get suspensions today due to illegal drug use.
Baseball commissioner Allan H. Selig said in a statement, “Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.”
The statement also added that his suspension will begin on August 8 and “will cover a total of 211 regular season games and any 2013 postseason games” he would have played in.
It is suspected that A-Rod will appeal the decision and although his suspension is supposed to be start on Thursday, he can continue playing until the appeal is heard.
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