The transcript of the Peter Gammons - Alex Rodriguez interview at ESPN is found here. A-Rod spewed several notable comments, most of which were crafted to avoid giving out information. If examined you will find that A-Rod essentially said nothing about PED use, or steroid use, or the situation, and Gammons let him by with the skimming:
- The A-Rod confession, which went something like this:
Back then, it was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive. And I wanted to prove to everyone that, you know, I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time. And I did take a banned substance. You know, for that I'm very sorry and deeply regretful.
... The culture back then, and Major League Baseball overall, was very -- I just feel that, you know, I'm just sorry. I'm sorry for that time. I'm sorry to my fans. I'm sorry for my fans in Texas. It wasn't until then that I ever thought about a substance of any kind, and since then, I've proved to myself and to everyone that I don't need any of that.
2. No admission of what he took as a steroid or PED, or who was his dealer:
Again, at the time, you know, you have nutritionists, you have doctors, you have trainers. That's the right question today: Where did you get it? We're in the era of BALCO ... Back then, it was just about what.
There's many things that you can take that are banned substances. I mean, there's things that have been removed from GNC today that would trigger a positive test.
I'm not sure exactly what substance I used. But whatever it is, I feel terribly about it.
So A-Rod, an intelligent, dedicated professional athlete doesn't know what PED he took, how he took it, and who gave the drugs to him, or doesn't remember? Does anyone believe this? Would an intelligent reader take a pill, or inject a substance recommended by (apparently) an apparition without knowing the effects or side-effects?
Rodriguez knows substances banned from GNC that cause positive doping tests, however he doesn't recall what doping drug he injected? Unbelievable. And yet A-Rod will be widely praised for 'coming clean', The only thing that happened was a reporter investigated the positive MLB urine tests to expose A-Rod. He still isn't fessing up to what drugs he used.
Read the entire interview. A-Rod appears to have a selective demented memory. He doesn't remember anything about his PED use. He didn't even know he tested positive (despite the MLBPA claiming they notified positive tests):
To be quite honest with you, the first time that I knew I had failed a test 100 percent was when the lady from Sports Illustrated [Selena Roberts] came into my gym just a few days ago and told me, "You have failed a test."
A-Rod cites GNC, which is laughable. The people pushing steroids don't work at GNC. Some -- like - are dead. Others like Victor Conte are convicted felons.
How did A-Rod respond when faced with a outline lie -- a denial of PED/steroid use -- he espoused how he feels good about 'telling the truth'. A-Rod skirted every probing question Gammons popped to him...and Gammons let him by with the skating.
ALEX RODRIGUEZ: At the time, Peter, I wasn't even being truthful with myself. How am I going to be truthful with Katie or CBS? Today, I'm here to tell the truth, and I feel good about that. I think my fans deserve that. I'm ready to put everything behind me and go play baseball. You know, we have a great team this year. I couldn't be more excited about the guys that we've brought in, Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett ... It's an important time in my life to turn the page and focus on what's next.
A-Rod appeared to save his vitriol for Selenna Roberts who broke the story. Shoot the messenger. A-Rod who lied to an NBC reporter (I cannot bring myself to write the words 'Katie Couric'), who cannot actually put the facts out there, is no impugning a reporter who broke the story...fascinating and nauseating:
I mean, what makes me upset is that Sports Illustrated pays this lady, Selena Roberts, to stalk me. This lady has been thrown out of my apartment in New York City. This lady has five days ago just been thrown out of the University of Miami police for trespassing. And four days ago she tried to break into my house where my girls are up there sleeping, and got cited by the Miami Beach police. I have the paper here. This lady is coming out with all these allegations, all these lies because she's writing an article for Sports Illustrated and she's coming out with a book in May.
Really respectable journalists are following this lady off the cliff and following her lead. And that, to me, is unfortunate.
The biggest bunch of baloney is A-Rods dodge of his steroid and PED use.