Alex Rodriguez denied Tuesday a report in a Miami newspaper that alleged he purchased performance-enhancing drugs at a clinic in Miami. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
The New York Yankees hoped to see a lot of home runs from Alex Rodriguez when he signed a 10-year $275 million contract in 2007.
But hip surgery will keep the third baseman out for at least half of next season, and now, new allegations of steroid use have surfaced.
"I'm really disappointed in him," said one fan.
"His whole body's breaking down," said a second. "It might be explaining a lot."
Most Yankees fans that NY1 found outside the Yankees Clubhouse Tuesday weren't surprised, but some A-Rod fans remained loyal.
"We have to see proof for that," said one fan. "People can say many things.
The Miami New Times showed 16 alleged instances of Alex Rodriguez's name, or names allegedly linked to him, as evidence he bought performance-enhancing drugs between 2009 and 2012.
"It's no good," said one fan. "You can't use steroids and try to be a professional."
The paper said the documents come from a company called Biogenesis, run by a man named Anthony Bosch.
A spokesman for Rodriguez denied the allegations Tuesday in a statement.
"Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him," the statement read, in part.
Some baseball fans doubted A-Rod's word, saying he lied before about the same subject.
"There's always been that idea that he did, so the fact that this is coming out again doesn't surprise me," said one fan.
The slugger only admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs after a 2009 Sports Illustrated article exposed it. Rodriguez said he used them between 2001 and 2003.
Some fans NY1 spoke with say the disappointment goes beyond A-Rod and even baseball.
"We expect players to do the right thing," said one fan.
"Look at Lance Armstrong," said another. "What's going on with sports? It's just insane."
Rodriguez has 5 years and $114 million left on his contract.
In regards to the latest juicing allegation, the Yankees organization only said the matter is now in the hands of the baseball commissioner.