Posted August 14, 2013

Victor Conte: Half of baseball still uses PEDs

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BALCO founder Victor Conte says he believes half of baseball players are using PEDs.  (Scott Wintrow/ Getty Images)

BALCO founder Victor Conte says he believes half of baseball players are using PEDs. (Scott Wintrow/ Getty Images)

Major League Baseball has promised to crack down on those who use performance-enhancing drugs, recently suspending 14 players for their connection with Biogenesis, a South Florida clinic accused of distributing PEDs to ballplayers.

But BALCO founder Victor Conte thinks PED use still runs rampant among baseball players.

Appearing on Jim Rome on Showtime, he estimates 50 percent of Major League Baseball players have used banned performance-enhancing drugs within the last calendar year.

He says in the interview that former NFL player Bill Romanowski said that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez wanted to meet with him regarding nutritional supplements, or “legal performance-enhancing” drugs.

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Conte said he made it clear to Rodriguez that he wasn’t interested in anything illegal.

When asked what he thought of baseball’s drug policy, Conte said it was “inept.”

“Performance-enhancing drugs work,” Conte said. “I know that.”


24 comments
William27
William27

it is well know that the testing is flawed and useless !!!!!!!!!!

morons should not be allowed to post on these sites !

William27
William27

I BELIEVE HIM

PEDS ARE RAMPANT

MONEY IS THE GREAT SEDUCER

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

I'd like Jose Canseco's opinion about how many are using illegal PEDs. He's the only one I know who's been right all along.

Visitor040413
Visitor040413

He is dead on, and if you want the whole story rather than just soundbites google "Joe Rogan Victor Conte" and listen to the 3-hr podcast they did a year or so ago. There are about five minutes of commercials at the front end and about 15 minutes of MMA talk in the middle, but the rest of the three hours is about the sham state of the drug testing system in this country. Exactly how to get around it, covered up tests, etc. 

The problem won't get solved until the leagues are motivated to do so. Scumbag or not, he at least appears to be motivated to talk openly about it despite the constant threat of lawsuits. 

ptags5
ptags5

Would you buy a used car from this slime ball? I wouldn't trust him one bit

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He said that he said that he said...sounds legit.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Yes we know Vic but until YOU actually say who all these people are...shut up.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Without blood testing, I'm genuinely shocked when someone in baseball, basketball, or football fails a drug test.  I was pretty stunned to learn boxing doesn't have mandatory blood testing.  It's one thing for baseball not to have it, quite another for boxing where someone can die in the ring.  

Dave23
Dave23

Given how few people are caught, he has to be right. Not much point in testing if you rarely catch anyone and if players can get away with it for years. You may as well not bother testing. Should have random testing, in season and out, and it should be the same as Athletics, where they can test you anytime, anywhere.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

The thing is, you really don't know who's telling the truth anymore. Conte may be right about this. Interesting that none of the suspended players failed a drug test, and that makes you wonder if some of these guys can get around the system or people that know they took something are really good at keeping their mouths shut. I am very curious about that still unopened report on who has tested positive. 

David46
David46

I would be somewhat surprised if it wasn't more than 50% using PEDs at least once a year. The incentive is there money-wise and in reality, fans don't care much about whether or not someone is using PEDs unless they do it and have a lot of success. Think about how often you've heard about the outrage that Brian Roberts used PEDs. Now think about the outrage that Manny, Sosa, McGwire, etc. People only get upset about it when someone does well on them. If we went back to league leaders getting 30 home runs a year like sometimes happened in 70s and early 80s, ticket sales would drop. 

gymviking
gymviking

Gotta love guys that become famous for cheating the system and then keep their 15 minutes going by righteously pointing their fingers at other unnamed people. Conte may be right about some of this, but he still leaves a trail of ooze when he walks by.

TontisAcheater
TontisAcheater

Bud Selig.  Let's ban half of all MLB players at random.for 211 games each starting immediately.  Lack of credible evidence is historically not a problem for you.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

It is astonishing that virtually NO ONE fails a drug test. And not just in baseball. Lance Armstrong ruined the lives of his accusers because he could always fall back on the fact he never failed a test. Who the hell designs these things? Why are they so inefficient? I haven't a clue, but it seems there should be someone out there to figure it out. And if the players association fights massive changes in the CBA about drug use and it's punishment, it will more proof of the empty posturing we have been hearing from them for all these years. 

Phillies113
Phillies113

Much as I'd hate to agree with PedoStache here, but he's probably right. These slimeballs (Canseco, Conte, Bosch) have all been proven right so far.

One wonders exactly how far this rabbit hole goes...

JeffBunnell
JeffBunnell

MLB has no idea what it is even doing.

Although much has been made of the recent suspensions, NONE of them ever tested positive, and if not for the whistleblower at Biogenesis, MLB never would have caught them.  

So, is Biogenesis the ONLY clinic out there? No.  


I think Conte is right on. 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@*-* He said something about something being said by someone who said something about who said it. Clearly this is true

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@mystafugee I have a buddy who fights in a local MMA promotion and in order to get licensed for each fight he has to get blood drawn for a full medical screening. I thought boxing did the same. If you are correct and they don't then that is just plain stupid. 

Visitor040413
Visitor040413

@doublejtrain68 Not that hard to suss out the truth, simple psychology. Who has the motivation to lie: Victor Conte or someone like Ryan Braun or A-Rod? One group is making millions off of staying on the field, the other has the potential to be sued for millions for slander. Conte is probably a sleezeball, but there is very limited upside to him lying about this, huge potential downside.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@gymviking Well, like a former prosecutor said years ago when talking about character issues with witnesses.  When you're dealing with something that is underground, these guys aren't exactly going to be associating with priests or rabbis.  

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Rickapolis  

A very good observation.

I wouldn't be surprised if guys were given "schedules" or tipped off.  Or the whole thing is rigged.  What else could explain the comedy of Ryan Braun?  

Tested on a day guaranteeing his sample would be stored, giving him a no-lose situation:  if the sample is given to FedEx, he asserts it shouldn't have sat on a shelf in an empty building with no climate control all weekend; when the sample was maintained by the sampler, he asserted it should have been consigned immediately to shipment. 

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@Rickapolis Totally agree, 12 players were just suspended for PED use and not one of them ever failed a test. It's easy to see that the cheaters are still well ahead of the league trying to catch them.