Alex Rodriguez opened up about his steroid use during a press conference held yesterday at the Yankee's Spring Training facilities in Tampa Bay, Florida. And although he admits he "screwed up" by using the anabolic steroid known on the street as "Boli" (Deca-Durabolin, Dianabol or Primobolan) he never completely owned up to the responsibility of his actions. "I didn't think they were steroids," Rodriguez said. "That's again part of being young and stupid. It was over the counter. It was pretty simple."
Rodriguez repeatedly referenced the fact that the drugs were available over the counter in the Dominican Republic and that his cousin told him it would increase his energy. But when asked if the substance was taken in pill form or injected, Rodriguez immediately admitted he injected the steroids. Eventually, when pressed further on the subject he admitted, "I knew we weren't taking Tic Tacs. You don't want to share everything with the public."
Rodriguez is a three-time American League MVP and currently baseball's highest-paid player. It was discovered that he had tested positive for steroids in 2003 during Major League Baseball's anonymous survey testing. The results were supposed to be anonymous and confidential but federal agents seized them in 2004 as part of the BALCO investigation. On Feb. 7, SportsIllustrated.com reported that Rodriguez's name was among those who had tested positive.
Between his nasty divorce, his "friendship" with Madonna, and his string of recent high profile dates, it's easy to forget what A-Rod does best; play baseball. Tell us: Does all the recent news about A-Rod make you think differently of him? Do you think he can still be considered a role model for young Latinos?