My questions have been answered thanks to the illustrious Peter Gammons.
ESPN‘s Peter Gammons reports Alex Rodriguez has admitted to using steroids over a three year stretch. He started to take them in 2001 and continued through 2003.
“I did take a banned substance. For that, I’m very sorry and deeply regretful.”
When asked why he did it, A-Roid responded with this:
“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day.
“Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.”
What A-Rod failed to realize was that he was already considered one of the greatest players of all time. This was the very reason teams wanted to sign him.
I’m not buying into his excuses. It was Texas, not New York. I understand he signed a huge contract, $252 million for 10 years, of which he was soon traded.
If he used during his time with the Yankees, I would understand. That’s pressure. But Texas? Give me a break! Cry me a river! He does not get a pass from me with that lame excuse.
As for his, “I was stupid” plea, I have only this to say:
YOU’RE STILL STUPID!
You can watch the entire interview tonight on ESPN’s Sports Center at 6pm ET.