President Slams A-Roid
News of drug use 'tarnishes era'
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2009 4:44 AM CST
Now that's a red carpet. President Obama walks to his first prime time press conference.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – President Obama has weighed in on the latest chapter of baseball's burgeoning steroid scandal, condemning Yankees star Alex Rodriguez for his use of performance-enhancing drugs and setting a bad example for children, reports CBS News. In his first prime-time news conference, Obama called confirmation of A-Rod's steroid use "depressing," saying it "tarnishes an entire era."

It's "depressing news on top of what's been a flurry of depressing items when it comes to major league baseball," said the president. "It's unfortunate because I think there's a lot of players that played it straight." Baseball officials "finally" appear to be taking the issue seriously, he added.