In an interview with ESPN’s Peter Gammons, Alex Rodriguez has admitted to using steroids for a three-year period starting in 2001.
“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,” he said.
Rodriguez denied using PEDs since, including his time with the Yankees.
“It was such a loosey-goosey era. I’m guilty for a lot of things. I’m guilty for being negligent, naive, not asking all the right questions,” Rodriguez said. “And to be quite honest, I don’t know exactly what substance I was guilty of using.”
SI.com reported that Rodriguez tested positive for Primobolan and testosterone.
“And I did take a banned substance and, you know, for that I’m very sorry and deeply regretful. 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, and since then I’ve proved to myself and to everyone that I don’t need any of that,” he said.
Rodriguez has lied repeatedly about his drug usage in recent years. He hit 156 home runs while using performance enhancers, 28 percent of his career total.
While much could change in how drugs users are viewed in years to come, this admission could keep Rodriguez from being elected to the Hall of Fame.
More on this story as it develops.