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(USA Today) -- BALCO founder Victor Conte told the New York Daily News that he met with New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in 2012 about legal performance enhancement.
According to the Daily News, Rodriguez tried to get ex-NFL player Bill Romanowski - who admitted in 2003 to using steroids he received from Conte - to arrange a meeting with Conte in New York or Los Angeles. Conte declined, but in May 2012, Rodriguez and Romanowski showed up uninvited at Conte's office in San Marcos, Calif.
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"I flushed it out with Romo before they ever showed up at the office," the newspaper quotes Conte as saying. "I clearly told Romo it (anything he could do for Rodriguez) was about legal performance enhancement."
Conte told the Daily News that he met with MLB's department of investigations for two hours last week.
Conte, the founder Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative which supplied a number of world-class athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, went to prison in 2005 for his role in the doping scandal. Conte now operates Scientific Nutrition for Advance Conditioning, a legal sports supplement company, with his daughter, Veronica Conte.
"I was eager to meet with (MLB) because I wanted to answer their questions (about Rodriguez)," Conte said during an interview with the Daily News in the SNAC offices. "I also wanted to give my input and have them take it back to (Commissioner) Bud Selig. I wanted to share my ideas about improving Major League Baseball's drug program. I've been waiting for this opportunity for a long time."
Rodriguez received a 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball for ties to Biogenesis, a Miami anti-aging clinic run by Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez is appealing the suspension.
According to the story, Conte said his telephone exchanges with Rodriguez and Bosch gave him the impression that the self-styled "biochemist" was deeply involved in what Bosch called "A-Rod's program." Conte said Rodriguez referred to Bosch as "his nutrition guy."