New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, Sports Illustrated is reporting.
Rodriguez won his first American League Most Valuable Player award in 2003 while with the Texas Rangers.
SI is reporting that four sources independently told the magazine that Arod tested positive for two anabolic steroids at that time.
According to SI, Rodriguez’s name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball’s 2003 survey testing, which the MLB Players Association agreed to allow to determine if it was necessary to impose stricter drug testing in baseball.
The drug Rodriguez allegedly tested positive for, Primobolan, is less detectable than many other steroids because its markers stay in the body for less time than other drugs. It is also expensive, costing about $500 per week, SI reported.
The 2003 steroids tests were sealed by agreement but leaked to Sports Illustrated by sources.
Rodriguez hit 47 home runs in 2003, good enough for his third consecutive home run title.