A-Rod Cops to 'Roids: 'I Was Stupid'

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2009 1:56 PM CST
Alex Rodriguez and wife Cynthia talk to Katie Couric Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007. Rodriguez spoke about the release of the Mitchell Report accusing scores of baseball players of using steroids.   (AP Photo/CBS News, Lori Beecher)
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(Newser) – Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez today admitted, in a voice that wasn't always steady, that he took steroids for three seasons beginning in 2001. Amid swirling rumors that he'd tested positive in 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers, A-Rod told ESPN's Peter Gammons that he succumbed to "an enormous amount of pressure."

"I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day," Rodriguez said. "Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time. I did take a banned substance. For that, I'm very sorry and deeply regretful."