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Mark McGwire Admits To Using Steroids

Posted by Media Outrage on January 11, 2010

Mark McGwire has finally come clean about his usage of steroids during his career.

Via Sports Yahoo:

Almost five years after clamming up in front of Congress, Mark McGwire is finally willing to talk about the past.

In a statement released to the AP on Monday afternoon, Big Mac admitted that he took steroids on and off for almost a decade and was a PED user when he hit 70 home runs during the famous 1998 home run chase.

The AP also reports that McGwire used human growth hormone, though that news was obtained from a source and was not referenced in McGwire’s statement.

McGwire is scheduled for a live, in-depth interview with Bob Costas tonight on MLB Network at 7 ET. For now, here are some excerpts from his statement:

• “I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”

• “I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come. It’s time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected.”

• “I’m sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids,” McGwire said. “I had good years when I didn’t take any, and I had bad years when I didn’t take any. I had good years when I took steroids, and I had bad years when I took steroids. But no matter what, I shouldn’t have done it and for that I’m truly sorry.”

We’ll have more on this later — this revelation will no doubt launch dozens of new baseball discussions — but I will say that my initial impression is that we should have seen this mea culpa coming. With McGwire poised to become the Cardinals hitting coach (and a possible pinch hitter) in 2010, it was in his best interest to get out ahead of the spring training questions and finally come clean on all the talk and rumors that have plagued him since retiring.

I’m sure plenty will hammer McGwire for avoiding the talk all these years and some of it will probably be deserved. At the same time, I think that a confession from one of the players who benefited the most from the steroid era is a big step in the right direction and should be welcomed, no matter the terms that happened to bring it about.

6 Responses to “Mark McGwire Admits To Using Steroids”

  1. Sumarrain said

    This is not surprising news, so what is MLB going to do take away his home run record and all the money he made while taking steroids, that what the tennis association do when a tennis players are tested positive for steroids or enhancement drugs.

  2. 2020VIZN said

    Too little, too late. He only did it because he thinks that by admitting it, he might get into the hall of fame because as it stands his ass is not going in because everyone already knew he did it and the voters are sick of the the lies. Te best thing that Arod could have done was admit that shit, peopel hardly even say anything about him and steroid use anymore.

  3. ucanb2 said

    REALLY WHO CARES…..

  4. MissTX said

    Relevance? I mean it’s not like folks would really be surprised/shocked.

  5. Kanyade said

    I feel bad for the children in these instances. It’s a big ole let down for them.

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