ESPN just aired a brief clip of the Peter Gammons interview with Alex Rodriguez, and while it’s not the full one that will be on Sports Center tonight, it seems to be the most important part of the discussion. Here is the video in case you missed it….
“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. 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.”- Alex Rodriguez (Via ESPN)
“I did take a banned substance. For that, I’m very sorry and deeply regretful.”
So what we now know is that he is admitting to using PEDs during a three-year period with the Texas Rangers, and that he’s apparently extremely sorry for doing so. It’s still not surprising, but what is surprising is that he actually came clean and admitted to doing so. I don’t think many people are willing to forgive right away, especially when you take into account he lied during his 60 Minutes interview, but this was definitely a step he needed to take.