Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted today that he used performance-enhancing drugs for three years of his professional career, beginning in 2001. This weekend allegations surfaced that Rodriguez's 2003 drug test came up positive, and within 48 hours the third baseman admitted to the allegations in an interview with ESPN.
Rodriguez pointed to tremendous pressure to play well when he arrived in Texas as one reason for his transgression. He told ESPN:
Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naive. And I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time. I did take a banned substance. And for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful.
In a 2007 interview with Katie Couric, Alex was not as truthful. He explained his denial today, saying: "I wasn't even being truthful with myself. How am I going to be truthful with Katie or CBS?"