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Former New York Yankees’ Darryl Strawberry Defends Alex Rodriguez; Says He’s Gotten Raw Deal from MLB

January 31st, 2014 at 1:20 PM
By Doug Rush

Maybe Alex Rodriguez still has some supporters after all in his battle to get his 162 game suspension overturned for the 2014 season.

On Thursday, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma spoke out publicly in favor of the New York Yankees third basemen and said he should continue on his battle against the sport that suspended him for his alleged role in the Biogenesis case in which he purchased and used performance enhancing drugs.

On Friday, former Yankee and New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry came to Rodriguez's defense when he appeared on Michael Kay's ESPN show and said that everyone who tried to sully A-Rod's name is a big hypocrite.

"They are such hypocrites," Strawberry said on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "They want to talk about these players that used steroids. There were drugs before then. They used drugs to get an edge. They used greenies to cheat. … Everybody has done something."

When Strawberry was in the middle of his career, he had his history of drug problems, problems that likely derailed a once bright future in the sport and a potential Hall of Fame career, but after his issues, Strawberry was able to rejuvenate his career with the Yankees and was a part of three World Championships with the team.

Kay asked Strawberry about the possibility of steroids during his playing time and while he said that steroids weren't around him when he played, he did say that if they were available to him, there's a good chance that he likely would have used them because a lot of others in the league were and just like drugs were for him, taking PED's can be addicting.

"No question," Strawberry said. "I don't doubt it. Regardless of if he did it," Strawberry said. "All of them did it, if that's the case. He is getting a raw deal regardless of how you look at it. You can't just make one player the villain. How do we know it's true? … Alex never failed a test."

The last part of Strawberry's statement rings volumes, as under the current Joint Drug Agreement, Rodriguez has in fact, never failed a drug test, yet he's been given the harshest penalty from the league since they've implemented the new drug policy, and the league's source of information against Rodriguez is Anthony Bosch, who is under investigation for selling drugs to minors, yet, the league neglected that in its pursuit to condemn A-Rod.

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Tags: A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, Baseball, Darryl Strawberry, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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