When A-Rod was first linked to performance-enhancing drugs, they were relics of a bygone “steroid era.” Ian Crouch says it’s not so this time: http://nyr.kr/XQw5WM
In 2009, A-Rod insisted that he had:
kept clean ever since [the years 2001-2003, the period during which he admitted to using banned substances], framing his drug use as part of “a loosey-goosey era,” a bygone period of lawlessness that was long behind not just him, but the entire sport of baseball. His confession was comforting, as these dances of abject apology can sometimes be, in that it marked the “steroid era” as being something that had happened—and had ended.
We’re not there yet. It is the youngest names in the New Times report that are the most troubling, because they seem to confirm what should have been clear: that the scourge of the “steroid era” spans several generations, right up to the current one.
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