Anti-drug foundation cuts ties with Rodriguez

Anti-drug foundation cuts ties with Rodriguez
August 5, 2013, 4:00 pm
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After MLB suspended Alex Rodriguez 211 games for his role in the Biogenesis Clinic baseball scandal, a non-profit organization will cut its ties with Rodriguez.

The Taylor Hooton Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating North America's youth about the dangers of anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs, announced it will not continue its relationship with the Yankees third baseman.

"Today’s announcement leaves us no option but to discontinue our relationship with Alex Rodriguez," Don Hooton, president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, said in a statement.

MLB suspended Rodriguez and 12 others on Monday for performance-enhancing drug use related to the Biogenesis Clinic in Miami. The 12 other players are not appealing their 50-game suspensions. Part of Rodriguez's suspension includes his efforts to obstruct and frustrate MLB's investigation.

Rodriguez admitted to his use of performance-enhancing drugs in early 2009. 

"There, he issued his public mea culpa, committed that he would not be involved in the future with banned substances, and said that he wanted to help us to encourage kids to stay away from them," Hooton said. "He offered to use his situation as an example to let them know that it is not right for them to use performance enhancing drugs.

Taylor Hooton was a high school athlete in 2003, when he committed suicide on July 15, 2003, because of his use of anabolic steroids. The foundation, headquartered in McKinney, Texas, focuses on making the right choices leading to a healthy lifestyle and providing families with information.

“It is simply not acceptable for the foundation to be delivering positive education messages to kids in partnership with an athlete who has continued to use performance enhancing drugs in violation of the rules of Major League Baseball and in direct opposition to the lessons that we teach children,” said Neil Romano, chairman of the Taylor Hooton Foundation.