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Conte: A-Rod came to him for legal supplements

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BALCO founder Victor Conte told the New York Daily News that he met with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez last year about obtaining legal supplements.

Rodriguez tried to arrange a meeting with Conte in Los Angeles or New York through former NFL player Bill Romanowski, but Conte declined. However, the two showed up at Conte's office in May 2012.

"I flushed it out with Romo before they ever showed up at the office," Conte said. "I clearly told Romo it (anything he could do for Rodriguez) was about legal performance enhancement."

Romanowski admitted in 2003 to using steroids that he received from Conte.

Conte said he met with Major League Baseball's department of investigations for two hours last week, telling investigators that Rodriguez came to his office uninvited in the hopes of finding legal supplements.

Conte went to prison in 2005 for supplying several world-class athletes with performance enhancing drugs. He now runs 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. "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 is appealing a 211-game suspension he received from MLB for his connections with Biogenesis.

Conte said, based on his phone conversations with Rodriguez and Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, he believed that Bosch was heavily involved in "A-Rod's program." He added that Rodriguez referred to Bosch as "his nutrition guy."
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