After cycling idol Lance Armstrong, baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez is perhaps the next biggest athlete to be slapped with a ban for using performance-enhancing drugs.
The New York Yankees third baseman, Major League Baseball’s highest paid player, will not be able to play for 211 games for “his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years.”
That means Rodriguez – A-Rod to his fans—will be sitting out the rest of the season and the next. It also means he will be losing $30 million in salaries, according to one report.
Rodriguez however can continue to play for the Yankees while he appeals the suspension. But once it takes effect, it could be the shameful end to his colorful career.
Some question the severity of Rodriguez’s punishment. But we believe Major League Baseball officials should show their resolve in striking out doping.