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Barry's Live Press Conference Updates

After 33 minutes, Alex Rodriguez's press conference at Yankees spring training has come to an end.

Rodriguez expressed remorse and admitted to using other substances that are now banned by Major League Baseball.

Here were Barry Svrluga's quick thoughts throughout:

2:24 p.m.

Rodriguez said he was injected, that he was unsure of the benefits, and that he didn't know if he used it correctly.

"It was basically amateur hour," he said.

Asked why he did it if he didn't realize what it did or whether he used it correctly, he sat on the theme of his message: "Again, it goes back to being young and being curious."

He also said: "For a week here, I've been looking for people to blame, and I keep looking at myself at the end of the day."

2:13 p.m.

Rodriguez said the substance he took came from the Dominican Republic, was over-the-counter, and he got it from a cousin, who he would not name.

Rodriguez became emotional when he started to address his teammates, leading to a minute of silence. He is quite contrite.

He just said he has not taken HGH. He said during his Seattle days he did take something called "Brit Fuel" that has since been taken off the shelves at GNC and banned from baseball.

1:59 p.m.

ARod reconfirmed his 2001-03 timeline, said he got a "banned substance" from a cousin. He described taking the substance -- which he did not name -- twice a month for six months during the season. He said his cousin administered the substance, but he has not said how.

1:53 p.m.

Basically the whole Yankee team is here in the tent. The four front seats are taken by Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera -- the Yankees old guard.

GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi are at the dais with Rodriguez.

Yankees general partner Hank Steinbrenner is also here.

1:49 p.m.

Alex Rodriguez is now entering the tent. He was preceded by some of his PR advisors, including one from the California firm Outside Eyes, which specializes in crisis management.

The events are scheduled to be carried live by both ESPN and the Yankees-owned YES Network.

1:46 p.m.

A Yankees PR rep just said the press conference will begin in "five minutes -- five or 10 minutes."

By CJ Holley  |  February 17, 2009; 2:01 PM ET
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Isn't he supposed to be arrested now?

Or is he above the law like Bush is?

Posted by: lichtme | February 17, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Boli refers to Primobolan. Here's what was written on last week:
"However, according to the drugs profile at, combining "Primo" with a bulking-up drug like testosterone (which the Sports Illustrated report says that Rodriguez also failed his '03 drug test for) it generally is to "lower the overall androgen dosage and minimize uncomfortable side effects."

SI reported that he failed for testosterone, and boli is used as a stacking agent for other steroids. So one can conclude that he is not being completely truthful.

Posted by: joemktg1 | February 17, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Wait, he was unsure he was getting any results or was doing it right, so he just kept doing it for THREE years?

Posted by: advocate2 | February 17, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

What law did he break? Shooting steroids is not against the law. It's against the MLB/MLBPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (and MLB Competitive Rules.)

He also mentioned Brit Fuel, which was sold without a need for a prescription at the time that it was sold. Again, what law did he break?

Posted by: swang30 | February 17, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Anabolic Steroids become illegal to sell or possess without a prescription in the U.S. with the passage of the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990, which adds Anabolic steroids to Schedule III of the Controlled Substance Act.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 17, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 17, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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