Major League Baseball said Monday that it is suspending New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez for 211 regular season games through the 2014 season amid allegations involving the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
A-Rod is accused of having ties to the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in south Florida and taking performance-enhancing drugs. He has denied the accusation.
The Biogenesis scandal has already ensnared one star: 2011 National League MVP and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.
Last month, Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of this season for violating the league’s drug policy, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced.
Fan of all ages from around the Piedmont reacted to the suspension.
“It’s like cheating on a test,” said Sydney Shorter, a middle school student from Winston-Salem. “You have the answers on the test everybody doesn’t,that’s how it is when you take drugs in sports.”
“I want to be like them when I grow up,” said Markize Price a student at East Forsyth High School. “Then when they find out our favorite sports player takes drugs its like what?”
Experts suggest parents use the suspension as a teach tool of what not to do and that their idols are human and fail.