Mark McGwire Declares Obvious: “I Did Steroids”
Mark McGwire refused to talk about the past when questioned at Congressional hearings about steroids. He continued his silence on the issue until today. McGwire released a statement to the Associated Press today declaring that he did, in fact, abuse steroids. Although it seemed obvious to pretty much everyone in or out of baseball, this admission is a huge step. Here are the words from his statement:
“I wish I had never touched steroids,” McGwire said in a statement. “It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”
He called Bud Selig and Tony LaRussa earlier in the day to apologize for using steroids. While McGwire’s admission seems like more of the same shirking responsibility, Selig and LaRussa should be the ones apologizing to him and all of us. They allowed this steroid nonsense to go on and on and on purely for monetary gain, and then hung the players out to dry when the whole thing blew up in their face.
Its been nice to think of the word “cheating” as referring to stealing signs the last few years, and anything we can do to resolve the steroid issue helps. Hopefully this isn’t the last of the admissions. Hopefully we can get all the cheaters’ names released so that all the honest players (however few of them there are) won’t have to have their names dragged through the mud also.
On a lighter note, I’m sure McGwire can rehabilitate his image. All he needs to do is wear some glasses, walk around with a clipboard, and help the Cardinals hitters have a decent season.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]