A-Rod: 'I Knew We Weren't Taking Tic-Tacs'

Star to tell more about his steroid use
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2009 1:16 PM CST
In this video frame grab, Alex Rodriguez is interviewed by ESPN's Peter Gammons on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/ESPN)
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(Newser) – A-Rod faced reporters in New York today to, in his words, “take my medicine.” He said he was injected by his cousin, with a substance that was legal in the Dominican Republic. “It was very amateur hour,” he said. “We probably didn’t even take it right.” He also said he’d taken a drug test before the news conference, and would take another next week.

He said no one had been involved but his cousin, who he refused to name. He said he didn’t know what, if anything, it had done to enhance his performance, but they’d kept it secret because, “I knew we weren’t taking tic-tacs.” He said he stopped taking it because baseball’s new testing policy and his 2003 neck injury scared him straight. He said he was eager for a new start. "Baseball is a lot bigger than Alex Rodriguez."