Alex Rodriguez's 'steroid mule' is traveling with him again on some road trips, according to the New York Daily News, and that has gotten the attention of Major League Baseball. Yuri Sucart, Rodriguez' cousin and admitted steroid supplier, has reportedly been spotted on several road trips last season and this season -- including the just-completed stop in Oakland.
Rodriguez has admitted using steroids while playing for the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003.
Here is Major League Baseball's statement on the matter:
"Our position is, we told the Yankees, they agreed, that (Sucart) should not be allowed in any non-public areas; clubhouses, any team charters, buses. And it’s our understanding that that prohibition has been respected," Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive VP of labor relations, said on Thursday.
He added: "All we can do is control his access to areas that (MLB) or the team control. We will stay in touch with the Yankees to make sure that prohibition is being respected. A hotel lobby is a public place, there is nothing we can do."
What does this mean?
Does it mean Rodriguez is using PEDs again, or that maybe he never stopped? There is no evidence of that right now, and Rodriguez has been cleared by Major League Baseball of any wrongdoing, so the league does not believe that to be the case.
What it does mean is that A-Rod and his cousin have stupidly opened the door to questions Rodriguez thought he had put an end to back in 2009 when he admitted his usage and Major League Baseball banned Sucart from access to team facilities.
You would think A-Rod would know better. Then again, he has spent a career proving that common sense is not his forte.