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The person Jose Canseco identified in his latest book as “Max” has stepped forward and has denied ever providing Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez with steroids.

Alex Rodriguez VindicatedIn his first book Canseco outed several prominent baseball players as steroid abusers. As if to outdo himself he printed the book Vindicated earlier this year. The book was meant to be a “clarification” of names which didn’t make it into the Mitchell Report but who Canseco supposedly had “stuff” on.

When the book came out this opening day Canseco claimed to have introduced Rodriguez to a steroid dealer he called “Max”. Many wondered that if he always had this information why wouldn’t he come forward with it in his first book. Canseco claimed the reason he didn’t come forward with this information because it was known that he hated Rodriguez so much that nobody would have taken him seriously.

Not many believed Canseco this time around especially as long as the identity of “Max” was unknown. Aside from the fact that nobody could talk to “Max” to backup Canseco’s claims in his book he merely claims to have introduced the two and had no evidence that Rodriguez ever took steroids.

This week Joseph Dion came forward and identified himself as the source from the book. While he admitted to working with Rodriguez for four years he says he never gave him steroids.

“That’s gotta be me,” Dion said.

Dion, 50, went on to say that some of the information in Canseco’s book was correct. He was in fact a Canadian-born trainer who met Canseco during his years with the Toronto Blue Jays and he was introduced to Rodriguez after he moved to Miami. He also said he worked with Rodriguez for four years while he played for the Seattle Mariners. He then went on to deny ever being a “fan of steroids” as Canseco put it in his book.

“That’s really, really funny because I am the one person that hates steroids,” Dion said. “I’m against it 100 percent. And, A-Rod, at the time that I trained him — and this I swear to God — was 100 percent against steroids. He was one of the hardest working guys, and most natural guy, that I’ve met in my life. He hated steroids. We talked about it.”

When reached for comment Canseco said, “Ask him to call me. I want to talk to him before I comment on it.”

According to sports illustrated, a person close to Canseco also confirmed that Dion was indeed the person he called “Max.”

Dion offered no reason why Canseco might have used him in his book and said, “I’m hurt in every way because it’s not right and it’s not true,” Dion said. “I don’t know if he is [writing Vindicated] for business or for fame or what.”

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