ESPN reports that Alex Rodriguez has admitted to Peter Gammons he took banned substances.
(ARod claim: He doesn’t know which banned substances he took)
His voice shaking at times, Alex Rodriguez met head-on allegations that he tested positive for steroids six years ago, telling ESPN on Monday that he did take performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers during a three-year period beginning in 2001.
“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,” Rodriguez told ESPN’s Peter Gammons in an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. “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 that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.
“I did take a banned substance. For that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful.”
Of course, Rodriguez doesn’t admit to the specifics of what he took, but we all have a pretty damn good idea.
Sources who know about the testing results told SI that Rodriguez tested positive for testosterone and Primobolan, an anabolic steroid. In his ESPN interview, Rodriguez said he did not know exactly which substance or substances he had taken. In 2003, there were no penalties for a positive result.
Rodriguez himself told Gammons, “To be quite honest, I don’t know exactly what substance I was guilty of using.”
Nice job of catchup by ESPN after SI broke the story. Safe to assume ARod wasn’t going to give the admittance to SI after the publication outed him.
Of all the things that have happened to baseball regarding the suspected use of PEDs, this is by far the most significant development. And I’m not talking about how it affects Rodriguez.
I’ve got more on that later today…