Steroid-era confessions and denials
Alex RodriguezNews that Alex Rodriguez was one of the 104 names on the 2003 list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs broke right on the eve of spring training in 2009. Two days later A-Rod admitted to using banned substances from 2001 until 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers. "Back then, [baseball] was a different culture," Rodriguez told ESPN's Peter Gammons. "It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive. And I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time. I did take a banned substance. And for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful." He denied any PED use while playing for the Yankees. Despite coming clean, two years earlier Alex Rodriguez denied any steroid use in an interview with Katie Couric. In Jan. 2013, Rodriguez was named in another report that links him to PED use after a Miami newspaper obtained files through an employee at a recently closed clinic in south Florida that show Rodriguez purchased HGH and other substances.