A-Rod admits to ESPN he used performance-enhancing drugs
He seemed like such a good kid, but you say he was a Yankee, a Ranger and a Mariner…..I don’t guess we will look at Alex Rodriguez the same, ever again. USA Today was breaking it all down this afternoon. (At least A-Rod admitted it and what about that Roger? 10-4 Good-buddy?)
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted to ESPN on Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs in 2001-2003.
Rodriguez, baseball’s highest-paid and perhaps best player, said he stopped experimenting with performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. He has not publicly tested positive since MLB began testing for steroids.
Rodriguez came forward after Sports Illustrated reported he tested positive for steroids â€” Primobolan and testosterone â€” during the 2003 season, four sources told Sports Illustrated.
Rodriguez told ESPN’s Peter Gammons that it was “pretty accurate” that his performance-enhancing drug use was limited to 2001-2003, which he spent with the Texas Rangers after signing a 10-year, $252 million contract.
Rodriguez said he felt he had “the weight of the world on his shoulders” after signing that contract, and wanted to prove “I was worth…being one of the greatest players of all time.”
Rodriguez did not specify which substances he took.
“It was not until then that I ever started thinking about a substance of any kind,” he said. “It was such a loosey-goosey time. I’m guilty of a lot of things. I’m guilty of being negligent, naive, and not asking the right questions
“I don’t know exactly what substances I was using. Major League Baseball was very…I just feel that…I”m sorry.
“I’m sorry for that time. I’m sorry to my fans.”
Rodriguez was one of 104 players who tested positive during MLB’s anonymous drug tests. The results were supposed to be anonymous under the agreement between the commissioner’s office and the players union, determining only whether at least 5% of players were using steroids, triggering MLB’s first steroid-testing policy. Yet, the union never destroyed the samples. The testing information was found after federal agents, with search warrants, seized the results in 2004 in connection to the BALCO investigation that snared Bonds, Jason Giambi and others.
*****from USA Today Sports on-line*****