Major League Baseball (MLB) Player for the New York Yankees
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"I'm not sure exactly what substance I used. But whatever it is, I feel terribly about it...
The culture, it was pretty prevalent. There were a lot of people doing a lot of things. There was a lot of gray area, too. You know, back then you could walk in GNC and get four or five different products that today would probably trigger a positive test...
I realized that, you know what, I don't need any of it, and what I have is enough. I've played the best baseball of my career since. I've won two MVPs since, and I've never felt better in my career. Of that I'm very proud of...
There's absolutely no excuse for what I did. I'm sorry. If I was a fan, a fan of mine, a fan of the Rangers, I would be very pissed off. And I can't take that back. But just realize that I'm sorry, and I want to do things to change.
I want to do things to influence children and realize they should learn from my mistake because, you know, it's the biggest regret I have in my life because baseball's given me everything, and I have so much respect...
One message is that what you have is enough. Hard work is the most important thing, having a clear mind, and realizing that -- you know, having certainty is the most important thing, believing in yourself...
I will hang my hat on that. And I just ask the American public to look at those three years as something that -- as an aberration. I screwed up in those years. I was stupid. I was naive. And ever since I've been doing the right thing..."
Interview with Peter Gammons, Sports Center, ESPN, Feb. 9, 2009
[Editor's Note: prior to his Feb. 9, 2009 admission that he used banned substances from 2001-2003, Alex Rodriguez denied ever having used performance enhancing drugs in a Dec. 16, 2007 interview with Katie Couric on 60 Minutes:
"Katie Couric: For the record, have you ever used steroids, human growth hormone, or any other performance-enhancing substance?
Alex Rodriguez: No.
Couric: Have you ever been tempted to use any of those things?
Couric: You never felt like, 'This guy is doing it, maybe I should look into this, too? He's getting better numbers, playing better ball.'
Rodriguez: I've never felt overmatched on the baseball field. I've always been in a very strong, dominant position... I didn't have a problem competing at any level. So, no."
Rodriguez admitted to having lied to Couric in his Feb. 9, 2009 interview with Peter Gammons:
"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."]
Born July 27, 1975 in the Washington Heights district of New York, NY
In 1998, had 42 homers and 46 stolen bases, making him the third-ever member of baseball's "40-40 club" (Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco were the other members)
Signed 10-year, $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers in 2000, making him the highest-salaried player in professional sports history
Signed 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees in Dec. 2007, breaking his own record for the highest salary in baseball
On Aug. 4, 2010 hit his 600th career home run at Yankee Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays becoming the seventh (and youngest) player in MLB history to do so
Was suspended through the 2014 season starting Aug. 8, 2013 based on performance enhancing drugs use and attempts to cover up the use in connection with the Biogenesis scandal
Has donated millions of dollars to charities such as the Children's Aid Society, UNICEF, the Boys and Girls Club of Miami, the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Pediatric Unit, a Community DentCare Network in New York City, and the University of Miami