Alex Rodriguez Steroid Confession
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 knowâ€”and being one of the greatest players of all time.”
“And although it was the culture back then and Major League Baseball overall was veryâ€”I just feel thatâ€”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.”