Bob Mantz reports that Arod, in bright blue sweater, comes off like a complete dope taking softballs from Peter Gammons in an interview with ESPN. Gammons was awful - never pushing him to say the word 'steroid, testosterone, or PED.'
He does not admit 'steroids'. He does not admit Primobolan AND testosterone stack. ESPN is completely wrong at this time (2:44pm EST) by saying that Alex Rodriguez admits to using performance-enhancing drugs. He says 'banned substance'. Legalese. Here is the current list of banned MLB drugs. PEDs are a very specific section. Watch/listen/read the interview. Never does Alex Rodriguez admit to use of PEDs. Never.
Jose Canseco - really - will be needed to tear this interview down. Not any of the sports writers or reporters.
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Arod: When I arrived in Texas I felt an enormous amount of pressure and the need to perform. And perform at a high level every day. Back then it 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 called one of the greatest players of all time.
And I did take a banned substance. [note singular] And for that I am very sorry [note, I got caught]. And deeply regretful. That was the culture back then and MLB overall was very I just feel that I'm just sorry for that time. I'm sorry for my fans. I'm sorry for my fans in Texas. It wasn't until then that I thought about a substance of any kind. And since then I've proved to myself and to everyone that I don't need any of that [see 60 minutes].
The time period was 2001-2003? Yes, that would be pretty accurate. [Good thing he just happened to stop the 'banned substance' the year of the reported test...]
It was such a loosey goosey era. I'm guilty of being negligent. Naive. Not asking all the right questions.
I don't know exactly what substance I was guilty of using. Smirks.
[Give us all a break. He admits NOTHING legally was done. He never says performance enhancing drugs. What, he didn't read the bottles? He said he was taking a banned substance. One, not two. Banned by Baseball is the inference - not necessarily legally banned - which Primo and Test would have been in 03. OK, even if I give him the (yeah right) benefit of the doubt that he thought Primobolan was a fruit from Costa Rico - who the f doesn't know what 'testosterone' is - as is reported in the SI article]
ESPN now has a recap up of the interview. They're still saying he admitted to illegal performance enhancers. Find, anywhere, that he admits he took PEDs. He does not. Gammons was awful - never pushing him to say the word 'steroid, testosterone, or PED.' You can bet Jose Canseco will agree.