Alex Rodriguez Steroid Confession

Just call him A-Roid.

Alex Rodriguez has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.

The New York Yankees star responded to Sports Illustrated’s weekend report that he tested positive for steroids in his MVP-winning season with Texas 2003 in an interview with ESPN on Monday.

“I did take a banned substance. For that I’m very sorry and deeply regretful,” he said.

“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day,” Rodriguez explained.

“Back then it was a different culture,” Rodriguez said. “It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive, and I wanted to prove to everyone that, you know, I was worth, you know—and being one of the greatest players of all time.”

“And although it was the culture back then and Major League Baseball overall was very—I just feel that—You know, I’m just sorry. I’m sorry for that time. I’m sorry to fans. I’m sorry for my fans in Texas. It wasn’t until then that I ever thought about substance of any kind.”

The third baseman said he quit using the performance enhancers after 2003, because “I’ve proved to myself and to everyone that I don’t need any of that.”

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