Except for Rodriguez, it will never be over. His steroid-stained past will probably keep him out of the Hall of Fame. Rather than accept responsibility, he consistently shifted blame over the years or lied about PED use. When the end of his career was near, however, he finally changed his tune, telling reporters last week at his locker in the Citi Field visiting clubhouse that, “I’ve made more mistakes than anybody.” He also invoked a version of Lou Gehrig’s famous speech when asked if he felt he had been put in a bad position for the 2016 season. “I’m one of the luckiest human beings on the planet,” said Rodriguez.
Those who say Bonds never failed a steroid test are correct (although he did fail an amphetamines test last season). But in the anti-doping world, testing has become a bit of a joke. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the . Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) push sports federations and leagues all over the world to have the highest-quality testing possible, but chasing the perfect test is like chasing a rain- bow: Even the best one is an illusion. As my colleagues and I at the New York Daily News reported last year, the NFL, which believed itself to be the gold standard of non-Olympic drug testing, had massive gaps in its program. From the end of a player’s season until the beginning of mini-camp—two months for players who were not in the playoffs—no one was tested. We knew because the men who did the testing said they weren’t given names to test that time of year. Those same drug program agents also told us players were only tested at the stadium during the season. That meant a player could leave practice or a game, slap a testosterone patch or rub a steroid cream onto his body, and know that by the time he came back to the stadium the next day, he would have benefited from the drug and the levels in his body would have dropped during the night to the point at which they would not trip a drug test.