It doesn't seem that Alex Rodriguez was afraid to get his hands dirty when it came to evading detection from Major League Baseball's drug testing policy. The New York Yankees' PED pariah told Drug Enforcement Administration agents and federal prosecutors that he was instructed in how to pass a urine test by providing a sample from a specific part of his urine stream, according to a report by the Miami Herald.
“Bosch advised him to only use mid-stream urine for MLB drug testing. Bosch told Rodriguez not to use the beginning or the end urine stream,” Rodriguez told the DEA, according to Miami Herald report.
Citing a 15-page written report on a meeting between Rodriguez and DEA agents and federal prosecutors in January 2014, the Herald reported that Rodriguez confessed to receiving and using performance-enhancing drugs from Tony Bosch, founder of the disreputable anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. Rodriguez reportedly also told the DEA that Bosch provided advice on how to beat a urine test. The advice Rodriguez reportedly described to the DEA and prosecutors sounded very similar to comments Bosch made during an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" in January 2014.
“You want to start the test, and then introduce the urine cup into the stream. What you want to capture is the middle of the stream. Not the beginning or not the end of the stream," Bosch said when asked by Scott Pelley of CBS about A-Rod passing drug tests. "That was extremely important, because most of the metabolites are either in the beginning of the stream or are at the end of the stream. It’s that precise.”
About a week before the Miami Herald report, Rodriguez finished serving a 162-game suspension during the 2014 season, reduced from 211 games by an arbitrator, for violations of Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. From the outset of the Biogenesis scandal, in January 2013, the three-time American League MVP had vehemently denied taking performance-enhancing drugs and referred to MLB's treatment of him as a "witch hunt."
Read the full report from the Miami Herald.