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Baseball Great Alex Rodriguez Admits to Steroid Use

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?"

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genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I'm not surprised. The use of steroids sickens me. Now new athletes who want to compete with ones on steroids will have to take them too or else they won't be able to make the team. It's just wrong when people are forced to wreck their minds and bodies like that.
brj1212 brj1212 8 years
I wonder if there is another sport out there as corrupt as baseball. Even in the early 1900's people were cheating in baseball. Players on the White Sox got banned from the game for throwing the world series. This sport is in a world of hurt right now while Football and Basketball are as popular as ever. Here is a great article showing the past and present of baseball and steroids Good Luck!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hm seems like A. Rod. is nothing but A. Fraud. What do we do with all of these records that have been broken in the past ten years. I'd say they're all up for review. Honestly if a chubby out of shape slugger like Babe Ruth can do it certainly a health conscious in shape hard working athlete of today can do it too without drugs.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Hmmm... video not available. Oh well. I'm not surprised by this.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
When he passes 762 home runs I think he needs to be ridiculed like Barry was. Maybe What's His Butt will buy the baseball and offer to blast it into space too? :oy:
zeze zeze 8 years
"We deserve the greatest athlete science can create" and the best musicians computers can create and the best congressmen money can buy. Just the way of the world it seem.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
SHOCK! A professional athlete does something wrong because he thinks it's OK for him because he's special? Go figure it was friggin' A-Rod. Someone probably promised him Money to take them. He always follows the money.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
We deserve the greatest athlete science can create.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
agreed stephly and CG. and way to place the blame on "the culture"
stephley stephley 8 years
I might believe his sorrow and regret if he had admitted it before the test results became known. Now it's just damage control.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
no big surprise, I am glad he finally admitted it. but "back then" it was 2003 dude not 1983
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