Yankees star Alex Rodriguez held a press conference today admitting to the reports that he took steroids back in 2001. Rodriguez, popularly known as A-Rod, said he took some ‘energy boosters’ quite ignorantly and didn’t consult with anyone. One of his cousins introduced him to the drugs.
“I knew we weren’t taking Tic Tacs,” said Rodriguez. “We consulted no one. It was pretty evident that we didn’t know what we were doing.”
“I’m here to take my medicine. One thing I will say after today I hope to focus on baseball. We have a very special team here.”
On February 7th, Sports Illustrated broke the story on it’s website that A-Rod was named positive in an anonymous test conducted in 2003. The report was kept hidden but FBI agents found it while investigating during the BALCO case in 2004. Rodriguez admitted the crime in an interview with ESPN two days later.
Alex also said that he knows it’ll take a lot of time to earn back the respect he commanded before the apology. He is currently the highest-paid MLB player and is quite popular amongst budding baseball players. He has 553 home runs to his record and is widely expected to break the all-time record set by Barry Bonds.
The news conference was held in the presence of around 200 reporters and had Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi joining Alex on the table. The front row audience included Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada.