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Bud Selig insists MLB did not know A-Rod had drug exemption in 2007

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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Earlier this month we learned Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez received a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) from MLB to take extra testosterone during the 2007 season. He also received a similar exemption in 2008 as well.

At the All-Star Game on Tuesday, commissioner Bud Selig told reporters the league was not aware of the exemption at the time. From CBS New York:

"We did not know about it at the time," Selig said Tuesday before the All-Star Game during the commissioner's annual meeting with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. "These independent people made a judgment. History proved them I guess it turned out to be somewhat wrong, but they were outstanding doctors."

The exemption was reportedly granted by Bryan Smith, who was then the independent administrator of baseball's drug program. Selig revealed "The administrator at that time later was let go because he was too tough, as I remember."

According to the original report, of the 1,354 players subject to testing during the 2007 season, only two players received TUEs, A-Rod and an unidentified player. Rodriguez is currently serving a record 162-game suspension for his ties to the Biogenesis scandal.

Bud Selig said MLB was not aware of A-Rod's drug exemption.
Bud Selig said MLB was not aware of A-Rod's drug exemption. (USATSI)

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