As expected, Alex Rodriguez admitted in an interview with ESPN on Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs for several seasons at the beginning of this decade, but he said he has not used the substances since then.
So, what will this do to his image, his credibility, his chances of making the Hall of Fame?
Who’s next? Rodriguez surely isn’t the only player who has used performance enhancing drugs. Who do you think it will be? Pujols, Ortiz, Ramirez?
From the New York Times:
“When I arrived at Texas in 2001 I felt an enormous amount of pressure to perform,” Rodriguez told Peter Gammons.
He added: “Back then it was a different culture. It was loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naïve. And 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, and for that I am very sorry and deeply regretful.”
The acknowledgment by Rodriguez came two days after Sports Illustrated’s Web site, SI.com, reported that Rodriguez had tested positive for steroids in 2003, when he was in his last season with the Texas Rangers and won the first of his three Most Valuable Player awards.
The next season, Rodriguez joined the Yankees. He is now the highest paid player in baseball and widely viewed as the most talented.
Rodriguez said he did not know exactly what substances he took, but that he hadn’t taken substances since 2003.
“I am guilty of being negligent, naïve, not asking all the right questions,” Rodriguez, the Yankees’ third baseman, said.
The test results from 2003 were never supposed to be made public. Drug testing in baseball that season — the first time it had even taken place — was done on an anonymous survey basis, and even the players were not supposed to know the results.
Until now, Rodriguez had never been publicly linked to a positive drug test. His acknowledgment that he tested positive may serve to quiet some of the uproar the disclosure of his positive test has created. Nevertheless, the fact that he is now admitting he took performance-enhancing substances for several seasons will damage his image and his legacy as a player.