Sports Illustrated reported yesterday that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, his last with the Texas Rangers before joining the Yankees.
Since the incident occurred as MLB was deciding whether mandatory testing was necessary, there will be no punishment from the league. There is no language in Rodriguez's contract that penalizes him for using steroids. This suggests either the Yankees were naive or indifferent toward the possibility.
While I'm no longer surprised by any pro athlete using performance-enhancers, as much as I've always disliked Alex for his oversensitivity and ineptitude in front of the media, I wanted to believe he was clean. That's the loss here, a huge loss of fan trust that would've happened whether we found out yesterday or twenty years from now.