A-Rod Admits to taking PED for 3-years with Rangers

BigBob

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His voice shaking at times, Alex Rodriguez met head-on allegations that he tested positive for steroids six years ago, telling ESPN on Monday that he did take performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers during a three-year period beginning in 2001.



"When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day," Rodriguez told ESPN's Peter Gammons in an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. "Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.


"I did take a banned substance. For that, I'm very sorry and deeply regretful."


Rodriguez's admission comes 48 hours after Sports Illustrated reported that Rodriguez was on a list of 104 players who tested positive for banned substances in 2003, the year when Major League Baseball conducted survey tests to see if mandatory, random drug-testing was needed in the sport.


Sources who know about the testing results told SI that Rodriguez tested positive for testosterone and Primobolan, an anabolic steroid. In his ESPN interview, Rodriguez said he did not know exactly which substance or substances he had taken. In 2003, there were no penalties for a positive result.


"Overall, I felt a tremendous pressure to play, and play really well" in Texas, the New York Yankees third baseman said. "I had just signed this enormous contract I felt like I needed something, a push, without over-investigating what I was taking, to get me to the next level.


"I am sorry for my Texas years. I apologize to the fans of Texas."
Rodriguez, who joined the Yankees for the 2004 season after a trade from Texas, said "all my years in New York have been clean." He also described the recent turn of events as the biggest challenge of his life but added it felt good to be honest about what he's done in the past.


"It's been a rough 15 months here for me," Rodriguez said. "I was stupid for three years. I was very, very stupid. The more honest we can all be, the quicker we can get baseball [back] to where it needs to be."


Rodriguez said he stopped taking substances after injuring himself at spring training in 2003 with the Rangers.


"It wasn't a real dramatic day. I started experimenting with things that, today, are not legal," he said, "that today are not accepted ... ever since that incident happened, I realized that I don't need any of it."


He said the culture earlier this decade of taking performance-enhancing substances was "prevalent." "There were a lot of people doing a lot of different things," Rodriguez said, noting that he wasn't specifically pointing out the Rangers.


Rodriguez said he was told by Gene Orza, the chief operating officer of the MLB Players' Association, that he might, or might not, have tested positive in the 2003 survey. That conversation happened during the 2004 season. A source told ESPN on Saturday that Rodriguez knew he had failed the test.
"I had never heard anything since," he said. "Whatever I was experimenting with in Texas might have been OK."


Rodriguez also said of his 2007 interview with Katie Couric on "60 Minutes," when he denied ever using steroids, that "at the time, I wasn't being truthful with myself. How could I be truthful with Katie Couric or CBS?"
Alex Rodriguez admits taking PEDs during 3-year period - ESPN
 

Millz

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Wow wow wow...

A-Rod did the right thing IMO. He admitted fault and will take the heat. I commend him for this.

Doesn't mean what he did wasnt wrong but to be a man and admit youre mistake goes a long way...at least with me.
 

BigBob

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He hasn't let it ride out like some people have. Not going to mention names because we're still not 100% for sure the names in question have done it, but for him to take it, like you said, he shows he's a real man and can admit his mistakes.
 

Babe_Ruth

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Wow! I am totally shocked, and pretty disapointed.

But I think he did the right thing in admitting this, I respect him more for doing so. Same thing with Giambi, he admitted taking steroids and I respect him for telling the truth.

I am pretty spechless right now, but even without steroids he's had a good career, because he's been playing well even after he stop taking them.
 

Major

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I'm shocked, but I think he did the right thing by admitting. I respect him a little more for it, but at the same time I can't respect anyone who would cheat in the first place.
 

Millz

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Wow! I am totally shocked, and pretty disapointed.

But I think he did the right thing in admitting this, I respect him more for doing so. Same thing with Giambi, he admitted taking steroids and I respect him for telling the truth.

I am pretty spechless right now, but even without steroids he's had a good career, because he's been playing well even after he stop taking them.
As long as you believe he's stopped after 2003.

I give him the benefit of the doubt though and he did do the right thing.
 

Vegito728

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I'm not surprised at all. There are a ton of players out there right now that are on or have used steroids in the past. We just don't know about it...yet.

Coming out and saying what A-Rod did takes a lot of courage. I respect him for that.

Though I wonder how this will affect his season.
 

Merc

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It's nice to see he's not the whiny child he came off as in the past few years. Manning up to his problems is a good step in the right direction but the stain will never leave his career.
 

Babe_Ruth

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I personally believe he's going to still play well, I am not 100% sure but he said he stopped taking steroids in 2003, that means that he still had five quality years without them. I believe hes going to have a great season this year, barring injury obviously.
 

BigBob

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Another for sure Hall-of-Famers career going to be washed away to scandal.. but how will the Hall-of-Fame voters take him admitting it when his name came up and not making this a deal until his career is over.